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Alternative methods for electronic transmission of patent and trademark application documents take effect on July 1, 2020

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In order to remedy the situation concerning patent and trademark e-filings where transmission takes longer than usual due to file size or where failures occur in TIPO’s filing system that disrupts e-filing process, TIPO has amended the Regulations Governing the Implementation of Filing Patent Applications and Services by Electronic Means and the Regulations Governing the Implementation of Filing Trademark Applications and Services by Electronic Means, as well as published alternative methods for electronic transmission, which took effect on July 1. Below are the highlights of the methods.

  1. Where the file size of patent or trademark application documents exceeds 500MB, or where TIPO notifies a breakdown of its system, an user may store the files on a read-only DVD disc and submit it in person or mail it to TIPO to complete the e-filing process.

  2. For application filed through the alternative methods, the date of application and other proceedings shall be the date on which TIPO receives the electronic patent/trademark application documents. The date of those via postal service shall be the postmark date. Unless otherwise proved by the parties involved, the date of those whose postmark date appears to be ambiguous shall be based on the date of receipt by TIPO.

The amended provisions of the Regulations Governing the Implementation of Filing Patent Applications and Services by Electronic Means and the Regulations Governing the Implementation of Filing Trademark Applications and Services by Electronic Means (in Mandarin)

The publication of alternative methods for electronic transmission (in Mandarin)

  • Publish Date : 2020-07-27
  • Update : 2020-07-27
  • Organization : International Affairs and Planning Division
  • Visitors : 184

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