New “Fast-Track” trademark examination mechanism for the application for trademark registration is scheduled to begin trial implementation on May 1, 2020 to secure applicants’ rights quickly. Applicants are welcome to apply more!
To encourage applicants to utilize TIPO’s e-filing application system and to speed up trademark examination, TIPO will enforce a “Fast-Track” mechanism soon. From May 1, 2020 on, the trademark applicants who pay their fees duly and whose documents meet the following requirements at the time of application will find their
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between Taiwan and Japan will come to an end on April 30, 2020. In view of its excellent performance, both sides agreed that a permanent PPH program will be in place, starting on May 1 this year. The permanent program is aimed at
In Q1 2020, TIPO received a total of 16,680 applications for invention, utility model and design patents, registering a 3% decrease over the same period last year. Of these, design patent applications filed by non-residents saw a 2% growth. Applications for trademark registrations (20,310 cases) were up by 4%; of
To help companies establish thorough mechanisms for protecting trade secrets, previously in 2013, TIPO already published the Guidebook for Trade Secret Protection. Six years have passed since then, and TIPO has gained many more experiences in this field. What’s more, the guide needs a few amendments in order to catch
In 2019, overall patent applications increased by 2% to 74,652 cases. Of these, invention patent has grown for three consecutive years (grew by 2% in 2019). Design patent rose by 9%, while the decrease in utility model patent applications narrowed. On trademark applications, 86,794 cases were filed, the highest since
Regarding the handling of patent or trademark applications that fail to comply with statutory or specific time period due to the impact of the “Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens (COVID-19)” epidemic
If patent and trademark applications are delayed due to the impact of the “Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens (COVID-19)” epidemic situation, the statutory period or specific time period shall be handled as follows. I. Statutory time period: 1. Those who apply for reinstatement in accordance with Article 17, Paragraph 2