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TIPO publishes its 2016 Annual Report on April 26, 2017. The Chinese version of the report is available on its website and an English translation will be ready soon.

  • Date Posted:2017-07-20
TIPO publishes its 2016 Annual Report on April 26, 2017. The Chinese version of the report is available on its website and an English translation will be ready soon.
TIPO publishes its 2016 Annual Report on April 26, 2017. The Chinese version of the report is available on its website and an English translation will be ready soon.

Over the past year, colleagues at TIPO have worked together to improve examination quality, provide timely and much-needed support to businesses, and promote international cooperation and exchanges, resulting in a sound environment highly conducive to IPR protection in Taiwan. Details of these achievements are available in TIPO’s 2016 Annual Report.

With regard to patent examination, TIPO has eagerly carried out its backlog reduction project in 2016. As a result, the average first OA pendency for invention patent applications has dropped to 12 months and the average disposal pendency reduced to 20 months, a record close to that of more successful countries. At the same time, the average first OA pendency for trademark applications has maintained its record, standing at about 5.4 months.

As for examination quality, the current examination review mechanism has been improved, with a higher percentage of cases being reviewed today, so as to avoid possible blind spots in the examination process. In addition, a more attentive standard operating procedure has been established to support the mechanism while a new task force has also been set up, dedicated to drawing up short-, medium- and long-term planning for the mechanism and carrying out the reviews.

In terms of support for industrial transformation and development, TIPO has held a series of information sessions, in an effort to tap into the innovation strengths of SMEs and educational institutions in IPR field while encouraging them to commercialize their research results. In addition, TIPO has provided patent portfolio and patent trend analysis for companies in the Fintech and green energy sectors, with an attempt to boost growth in relevant industries. Moreover, TIPO keeps updating its online IP SME corner, in the hope of making it easier for SMEs to find government counsel and funding support.

With regard to international cooperation, the priority document exchange (PDX) program between Taiwan and South Korea has come into effect on January 1, 2016. In addition, patent prosecution highway (PPH) programs between Taiwan and the US, Japan, and South Korea, and the PDX program between Taiwan and Japan are all running smoothly, bringing Taiwan’s patent examination process in line with international standards while allowing cross-border applicants to get their rights protected in a more speedy manner.

More project results and relevant data of TIPO are available in the annual report. For more information, please visit:
https://www.tipo.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=483190&ctNode=6950&mp=1.