If you file a patent application for invention and a patent application for utility model for the same creation on the same date, before an approval decision on the patent application for invention is rendered, TIPO will require you to make a selection to avoid double patenting. Once the invention
Do I need to file a request for substantive examination after I have submitted an invention patent application?
An invention patent application will not be examined unless a “Request for Substantive Examination” has been received by TIPO. If a “Request for Substantive Examination” is not submitted within three years of the filing date of the invention patent application, the invention patent application is deemed to have been withdrawn.
When should I provide a Chinese translation if I filed in a language other than Chinese? Can I make a request for an extension of the time period?
The Chinese translations of those foreign language documents must be provided within 4 months for invention and design patent application, and 2 months for utility model patent application from the date of submitting the foreign language documents. Prior to the expiration of the time period, the applicant may make a
What happens when a deadline of claiming international priority or submitting the documents of proof with respect to international priority falls on a weekend or public holiday?
Whenever a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, national holiday or any other statutory holiday of ROC, the deadline will become the next working day that TIPO is open.
Can I add a further inventor to, or delete an inventor from, a patent application that has already been filed?
For adding a further inventor, the applicant must submit a written request, accompanied by documents of proof with respect to the consent from each designated inventor (newly added inventor(s) included). For deleting an inventor, the applicant must submit a written request, accompanied by a statement from the deleted inventor declaring
A “trademark” is a sign that is used to distinguish one’s goods or services from those provided by others. As the economy, culture, and the market diversify, the types of trademarks may now include a packaging design, three-dimensional object, sound, or even a scent. In the Republic of China, a
A certification mark is a sign that serves to certify a particular quality, accuracy, material, mode of manufacture, place of origin or other matters of another person’s goods or services by the proprietor of the certification mark and distinguish the goods or services from those that are not certified, e.g.,
“A trademark” is also known as a brand, and is used for identifying the specific source of goods or services provided. In order to avoid confusion, to protect the rights of a trademark right holder and the interests of consumers, to prevent any unfair competition and to facilitate the development
In addition to trademark rights, intellectual property rights also include patent rights, copyrights, trade secrets and integrated circuit layout. Patent rights are intended to promote and improve the technological development of national industries, while copyrights aim to foster the nation’s culture. Both rights have a certain period of validity. On