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Formal requirements:

1. The name(s), address(es) and nationality(ies) of applicant(s) and the name(s) of inventor(s) and the CHINESE translation thereof so as to avoid any possible different versions (if the applicant does not have a Chinese name, we can do the transliteration);
2. Original Power of Attorney executed by the applicant(s), which is neither necessarily notarized nor legalized and can be late furnished after filing within the time limit specified by the Patent Office (Power of Attorney is herewith attached);
3. International Publication pamphlet;
4. International Preliminary Examination Report with annex (if any);
5. Any amendment concerned if the applicant would like to bring such amendment into the examiners consideration during the examination on the application in China.

Procedures for entry into Chinese national phase of a  PCT application include entering, preliminary examination, publication, substantive examination and grant. It is necessary for the applicant to file a request for examination as to substance within 3 years from the earliest priority date. But it is suggested to file the request for Examination at the same time of filing, so as to accelerate the application process. The duration of the patent right for an invention will be 20 years counted from the date of filing.

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