Information on recent design reforms and protecting Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) can be found at Albright Patents.

Obtaining patent protection for computer software can be difficult and expensive, but registered design protection for graphical user interfaces is an easy, low-cost and often-overlooked option which can be useful.

The Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) recently issued a revised Examination Guideline removing the exclusion of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) from design protection, bringing the Chinese system more into line with European practice.