China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) just revisited their guidelines on the patent assessment process for new technologies such as AI and blockchain. The new blockchain guidelines will begin on February 1, 2020.
According to the announcement from their office, patent applications regarding Big Data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology will henceforth follow all new guidelines.
The office also stated that it would treat technical features of patented technology when assessing the uniqueness of an invention patent on business rules and algorithms. According to the revised guidebook, all technical features would no longer be treated as separate items.
Moving forward, they will look at proposed innovations, the technical outcomes, and the challenges the technology may face for adoption and utilization.
China leads in blockchain-related patents
China has always shown its support for blockchain and blockchain-related businesses. Before the end of last year, the country had received more than 12,000 applications for blockchain-based patents, according to the Incopat database.
2019 shows more than 4,200 applications for blockchain technology patents were filed in China, with big companies like ReeChain, Alibaba, and Tencent leading the list.
Streamlining the process of patient application
NIPA said the reason behind this recent revision is to restructure the patent application procedure, in terms of new technology. It also hopes to improve the enforcement of patent applications for improved efficiency.
An example of an update of the new guideline is to secure communications across all blockchain nodes. According to the new guidelines, the communication methods of the blockchain node can solve the limitation of leaky privacy data during inter-communication.
The guidelines stated that when a new node links up for communication, it should be able to find out the setup and connection based on pre-configured CA trust. It should also be based on CA certificates within the communications request. It will improve the security of blockchain stored data and lower the risk of leaking private data. With the new guidelines, there will be improved security within the communication nodes. It also makes sure the communication nodes and security of these are not compromised.
Revised Guideline a preparation for the AI and blockchain industry
Artificial Intelligence and blockchain is gradually sweeping over the Chinese business center. With the rise of blockchain’s popularity, there is a need for effective rules that guide the safety and operation within the industry. Apart from protecting patented technology, the guidelines stress China’s strategic decision towards patent application and intellectual property.
China paving the way for digitalized currency
China is implementing several laws in preparation for the Central Bank's digitalized currency. The regulators are implementing laws to make it easy to oversee all businesses related to cryptocurrency and digital assets in the country.
The country has officially implemented its guidelines for cryptographic passwords management. They also have plans for the Central Bank to create a long-awaited digital Renminbi.
The law was passed towards the end of October of last year. According to the law, passwords, commercial passwords, and common passwords would be divided. The law, in particular, is meant to aid the development of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related businesses in the country.