A new accelerated examination measure for patent applications related to green technology is implemented from Jan. 1, 2014 by TIPO. - Li & Cai Intellectual Property Office
A new accelerated examination measure for patent applications related to green technology is implemented from Jan. 1, 2014 by TIPO.

        The filed invention relevant to the green technology becomes a new subject to file an accelerated examination, which is added to be the 4th subject to file an accelerated examination in the Accelerated Examination Program (AEP) from Jan. 1, 2014 by TIPO, and the filing will be accepted ever since Jan. 1, 2014.

 

        The field of green technology to be one of subjects to file an accelerated examination in the Accelerated Examination Program (AEP) is defined in a broaden vision by TIPO.  Once the invention to be filed is satisfied with the following requirements, it is acceptable to file an accelerated examination.

(1)   The field of invention is involved in power/energy saving technology, new energy source, vehicles driven by new energy source, and the like.

(2)   The invention is involved in carbon reduction and resources utilization saving.

 

        When the applicant files an accelerated examination, there are merely a relevant document to illustrate the involved green technology of the filed invention and an application fee 4000 NTD needed.  Once the relevant application document is submitted, an Office Action will be issued within about nine months by TIPO, which is much faster than the time consumption, roughly 29 months, for issuing a first Office Action of the filed invention that did not file an accelerated examination.

 

        Until March, 2013, in Taiwan, the amount of patent applications relevant to green technology reaches 7,264 in total.  In respect to nations, the portions ranked top three are Taiwanese applicant (58%), Japanese applicant (20%) and American applicant (9%).  In respect to industries, fields relevant to LED illumination, solar energy and fuel cells are ranked top three.  It becomes a new and rather important measure for those who are applicants of green technology inventions.

 
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