January 3, 2020 China revises intellectual property rules for blockchain and AI projects.

China’s State Intellectual Property Office announced that, effective February 1st, 2020, such projects will be subject to new regulatory procedures. The regulations state that patent eligibility will be determined by examining the broader technological impact of a project, as opposed to individual, isolated technological features. Chinese news outlet Mars Finance reports the move is intended to streamline the patent application process for emerging technologies.