Linyi Aidi Business - How to determine whether a patent application needs to be examined confidentially?
According to Article 4 of the Patent Law, an invention-creation involving national security or major interests needs to apply for a secret patent in accordance with relevant provisions. Generally speaking, invention-creation related to national security mainly refers to the invention-creation dedicated to national defense or of great value to national defense; Invention-creation involving major national interests refers to invention-creation involving major interests other than state security. The disclosure of these inventions and creations will affect the country's defense capability, harm the country's political and economic interests or weaken the country's economic, scientific and technological strength. The invention-creation for which a secret patent is applied does not include a design.