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New system of patent interviews officially launched on July 1, 2017

  • Date Posted:2017-08-22
New system of patent interviews officially launched on July 1, 2017
New system of patent interviews officially launched on July 1, 2017

On July 1, 2017, the new system of patent interviews was officially launched to comply with the amended Operational Directions governing Patent Interview. According to the revised Operational Directions, any person requesting an interview has to submit a request form to avoid controversies caused by unclear statements. Furthermore, when filling out the request form, the requester has to specify matters and provide explanations for interview, as well as topics to facilitate communication.

Between April and June of 2017, TIPO ran a trial program on improving the system of interviews to familiarize requesters with new interview procedures. In addition to new request forms, interview notifications, and interview records that were put to use, deputy directors of TIPO’s patent divisions participated in actual interviews to assist in communication between requesters and interviewers, as well as increase interview quality and efficiency.

TIPO also has completed its plans for and improvement of interview spaces and equipment, hoping that through integration of the new system and hardware a friendlier and more efficient interview environment may be created.