Chinese Patent Bar Exam Postponed in Western China Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
On November 6, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced the postponement of the Chinese patent bar exam in Western China. Specifically, the exam scheduled for November 14 – 15, 2020 to be held in Urumqi in Xinjiang will be postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Shufu County and Akto County of Xinjiang. However, no new date has been announced for the Xinjiang testing site. Other testing sites will remain open.
Test-takers can request a refund of fees or wait until the Urumqi examination center announces a new date. Test-takers do not appear to have the option to switch a different site for the test.
A new outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in October 2020 in Xinjiang. Per CNN, the fresh outbreak began on October 24, when a 17-year-old female tested positive “during the county’s routine nucleic acid testing, a measure introduced in August in Xinjiang to improve Covid-19 alert timeliness.” As of October 30, the total active caseload was 197 infections.