Analysis of Trends in Trademark Applications Filed in 2017-2021On November 21, 2022, WIPO released the latest edition of the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2022 (WIPI 2022), which provides information on various aspects of trademark worldwide for the year 2021, including the total number of applications and registrations, first OA and disposal pendency, final decision data, and application class counts per GDP and capita. TIPO analyzed trademark application trends for both foreign enterprises and industrial development of local counties and cities by referring to WIPI 2021 data and Taiwan’s trademark registration statistics from the past five years. The analysis evaluated the potential industrial development of Taiwan's industries by examining the classes of goods or services designated in trademark applications and compared them with global application trends. This analysis culminated in the report Analysis of Trends in Trademark Applications Filed in 2017-2021.The report indicates that the number of trademark applications worldwide in 2021 was nearly 14 million, covering over 18.1 million classes, with significant growth of 5.5%. Due to effective prevention measures and public cooperation with government policies, without any large-scale lockdown or stringent public quarantine measures, Taiwan's economy remained relatively unaffected by the impact of the pandemic and is currently in recovery. The report also shows a slight increase of 1.15% in the number of foreign trademark applications filed in Taiwan compared to the previous year.The Analysis of Trends in Trademark Applications Filed in 2017-2021 can serve as a valuable reference for the development of industry IP portfolios, brand building, and market trend forecasting.
TIPO’s Q4 2022 IPR Statistics ReportIn Q4 2022, TIPO received a total of 19,130 patent applications (including invention, utility model, and design patents), which remained steady compared to the same period last year. Among them, 13,370 invention patent applications were filed, marking a 3% increase. Trademark applications, on the other hand, stood at 22,890 cases with a drop of 8%. As for invention patent applicants, ITRI ranked first (213 cases) among resident applicants, outnumbering the others for the second year in a row; Samsung Electronics (212 cases) led all non-resident applicants. The top resident and non-resident trademark applicants were Cathay Life Insurance (128 cases) and FindSatoshi Lab (37 cases), respectively. Patent ApplicationsCompared to the same period (Q4) last year, overall patent applications (19,130 cases) received by TIPO saw a slight decrease of 0.4%. Of these, the majority were invention patents, with 13,370 cases and a 3% increase. Both resident applications (5,265 cases) and non-resident applications (8,105 cases) increased, with the former showing a higher growth rate (6%) compared to that of the latter (1%) (Table 1).As for resident applications, ITRI filed the most invention patent applications (213 cases), surpassing other applicants. Inventec (76 cases) registered a considerable growth rate of 171%. The number of applications filed by Mediatek (147 cases) and Nan Ya Plastics (64 cases) hit their decade highs (Figure 2).In terms of design patent applications, Acer filed the most applications with 40 cases. Getac (30 cases) and AUO Display (13 cases) entered the top 5 list for the first time (Figure 3).The number of invention patent applications from domestic enterprises (3,896 cases) and colleges and universities (541 cases) both grew by 10%.The number of invention patent applications filed by foreign applicants (8,105 cases) saw a small increase of 1% (Table 1). Japan filed the most with 2,942 cases (Figure 1). Among the top 10 applicants, Samsung Electronics leaped to the top of invention patent applications for the first time by filing 212 applications. The number of invention patent applications filed by Samsung Electronics, LG Display (82 cases), and Lam Research (71 cases) are at their all-time highs (Figure 2).As for design patents, Ford Global Tech came out on top with 44 applications. PSA (22 cases) saw a growth rate of 120%, and Japan Aviation hit a new record high with 24 applications, entering the top 5 list for the first time (Figure 3).Trademark ApplicationsCompared to the same period last year, trademark applications reached 22,890 cases (covering 29,252 classes) and saw a decrease of 8%, given a higher base period last year. The number of applications filed by residents (18,088 cases) and non-residents (4,802 cases) both decreased (Table 1).As for trademark applicants, Cathay Life Insurance filed 128 applications, outnumbering all other resident applicants (Table 2). Most of the number of applications filed by the top 10 applicants increased. In terms of the classes resident applicants filed under, most applications (3,734 cases) were filed under Class 35, “Advertising, Business Management, Retail and Wholesale Services, etc.” (Figure 4)Among non-resident applicants, mainland China filed the most applications (909 cases) (Figure 1). FindSatoshi Lab Limited, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, ranked first among non-resident applicants with 37 applications, surpassing all others (Table 3). The number of applications filed by the top 10 applicants all saw positive growth. Regarding trademark classes, non-resident applicants filed the most applications (1,065 cases) in Class 9, “Computer and Technology Products, etc.” (Figure 5)The top 3 industry categories trademark applicants filed under were “Agriculture” (6,116 cases), “Business Services” (4,982 cases), and “Health” (4,595 cases). Most applications filed by residents were under “Agriculture” (5,243 cases), the majority of which were for the hospitality industries. On the other hand, most non-resident applications were filed under “Research and technology” (1,738 cases) (Figure 6).
2022 National Invention and Creation Award Winners AnnouncedThe National Invention and Creation Award recognizes creative endeavors and acknowledges the inventive contributions of its awardees. This year's winners, 43 outstanding entries in total, have just been announced and will share the total grant of $8.7 million NTD. Among the winners were 6 gold and 20 silver medals in the invention category, as well as 6 gold and 11 silver medals in the creation category. One of the gold medalists of the Invention Award presented the patent "Sport posture analysis system and method thereof," which uses built-in sensors in rackets to detect players' swinging motion, generating accurate, objective and efficient training data. This invention has been recognized by the International Table Tennis Federation and was utilized in the para-athletics classification system during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics.The Taiwanese government established the National Invention and Creation Award to encourage innovative research and development and honor exceptional invention, utility model, or design patents. The competition attracted a total of 459 eligible entries vying for the highest accolade, including 382 entries for the invention award and 77 for the creative award, showcasing active participation from industry, academia, and research institutions. Entries showcased unique innovations and applications in various technical fields and were evaluated fairly by being divided into groups based on their respective technical fields. Winners were selected through rigorous preliminary and secondary evaluations conducted by experts and scholars and will be awarded certificates, trophies, and prizes.TIPO highlights that many of the awarded patents have been successfully commercialized and patented in multiple countries, which indicates significant market potential. The winning patents span various industries, including "Liquid Crystal and Photonics," "Information and Communication," "Biotechnology and Medicine," "Medical and Industrial Materials," "Intelligent Machinery," and "Circular Economy." By recognizing the award winners, TIPO hopes to facilitate commercialization and industrialization of innovative R&D achievements, which play significant roles in Taiwan’s economic growth.The winners will receive their awards at the 2023 National Industrial Innovation Joint Award Ceremony in April this year. Their winning entries will be showcased at the 2023 Taiwan Innotech Expo from October 12-14, garner interest from both local and international investors, and generate business prospects for inventions and innovative works in Taiwan.
TIPO Releases International Patent Trend Analysis Report on Carbon Capture TechnologyAimed at intensifying efforts to fight climate change, the Glasgow Climate Accord calls for a reduction in the use of coal and establishes the basic rules of the global carbon market. In line with this, the National Development Council of Taiwan published Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050 in March last year, which identified "carbon capture, utilization, and storage" as one of its 12 key strategies.In response, TIPO is focusing on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) and has compiled relevant patent information (published before the end of December 2021) from various countries. Said information will be subject to further analysis to provide a comprehensive view of overall patent trends, global patent filing trends for related technologies, and filing trends at major patent offices. Furthermore, TIPO will conduct a thorough analysis of the most frequently cited and industry-relevant patent cases related to carbon capture technologies in high-emission industries (e.g., petrochemicals, steel industry, etc.). Based on this analysis, TIPO will release the International Patent Trend Analysis on Carbon Capture Technology for public reference.
Metaverse-Related Technology Analysis Report Published for Public ReferenceThe emergence of Metaverse is expected to drive significant advancements in extended reality (XR), digital service platforms, and internet technologies. To assist in understanding core technologies of the Metaverse, TIPO has analyzed 107,000 patents related to the Metaverse that were filed before 2021. Based on their structures and themes, 32 crucial patents have been selected and further analyzed to provide the latest insights on the core technology and patent trends in the Metaverse. This report also features suggestions regarding Metaverse patent application and examination for reference to the public.
TIPO Launches New Inquiry System for Patent and Trademark Certificates and RightsTIPO has made available the "Inquiry System for Patent and Trademark Certificates and Rights" service since 2017, allowing users to search the latest rights status using an array of search criteria, such as certificate number, application number, rights holders/agents, publication date, and patent title or trademark name. Additionally, users can scan QR codes on patent and trademark certificates for immediate access to information.The Office has redesigned the website of the service with a focus on a user-friendly interface to improve efficiency and service quality. The new website features include the following:1. Optimized operation for enhanced convenience and mobile device compatibility.2. Unlimited search results per search, eliminating the previous display limit of 500 results.3. Customizable display of search result pages and number of results per page for ease of browsing.TIPO is pleased to announce the pre-launch of its redesigned website, developed to offer a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. The website is now open for a trial run - all interested parties are welcome to test out its features!
Changes to Description of Designated Goods and Services for Trademark RegistrationIn response to the revision of the 12th edition of the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks, TIPO has updated its list of Description of Designated Goods and Services for Trademark Registration. Effective as of January 1, 2023, the changes include 481 additions or amendments and 48 deletions. Additionally, 42 class/subclass names or notes have been added, removed, or amended. The electronic trademark application system’s “Description of Designated Goods and Services for Trademark Registration” section has also been updated to reflect said changes.Those who wish to utilize the Fast-Track Trademark Examination Program and file through the electronic trademark application system after January 1, 2023, are advised to download the updated list featuring all incorporated changes. Individuals who fill out applications with descriptions of goods and services not found on the system's current list will not qualify for the Fast-Track Program and will not enjoy the preferential fee reduction.
TIPO Enhances Online Systems with Addition of New Administrative Appeal and Litigation Case InformationTIPO has collaborated with the Petitions and Appeals Committee of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Judicial Yuan to increase the accessibility of intellectual property information in Taiwan. As a result of this partnership, TIPO has integrated patent and trademark case information (including this year and the last five years) and litigation information (dating back to 2021) into systems such as "Patent Public Information Inquiry System", "Trademark Search," and the "My Filings" section on the e-Filing platform, allowing users to access complete case information. These services were officially made available to the public on December 19, 2022.Users can now browse administrative appeals and litigation information and download the full text of appeal decisions and litigation judgments directly. Additionally, the “Patent Public Information Inquiry System” has been optimized to provide a more convenient and intuitive inquiry feature. All parties are welcome to utilize these services.
CCUS in 2050 Net Zero Transitions – An Opportunity for Business GrowthRenewable energy plays a critical role in achieving carbon neutrality, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is considered the final stretch towards net zero emissions. TIPO has compiled an analysis report on CCUS patent application trends and an overview of the patent landscape in this field for public reference.TIPO reports 12,610 global CCUS-related patent technologies (patent families), with 7,406 families in carbon capture, 4,399 in carbon utilization, and 805 in carbon storage – numbers continuously growing as the importance placed on addressing climate change increases. The Office’s analysis of the global patent landscape revealed a correlation between market sizes, level of importance placed on related issues, and number of patent applications. China, Europe, and the United States now have the record for the highest number of applications, most of them being local applications.Carbon absorption is the most prevalent and advanced technology among carbon capture methods, accounting for 39.1% of all related applications. Said method involves capturing carbon dioxide emissions using an absorbent. Adsorption technology, which accounts for 26.7%, is the next most prevalent, utilizing an adsorbent to bind carbon dioxide. Membrane separation technology, accounting for 12.5%, employs a thin film of organic or inorganic material to separate carbon dioxide from other gases. Although absorption technology continues to lead the field, there is an increasing trend in patent applications for adsorption and membrane separation, indicating that various companies and organizations worldwide are exploring a diverse range of carbon capture technologies.TIPO’s report highlights that despite the limited presence of patent applications for carbon capture technology in Taiwan, certain companies and research institutions are actively pursuing research and patenting said technologies. As an example, the Industrial Technology Research Institute and Taiwan Cement Corporation are collaborating to capture carbon dioxide through calcium looping process in order to reduce energy consumption and additional carbon dioxide emissions in the cement production process, demonstrating a leadership role in carbon capture technology.Carbon utilization technology has a broad range of applications, including the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemicals like methanol and methane, and even into novel carbon-based materials such as graphene, carbon tubes, and carbon fibers. Of the various methods for reusing carbon dioxide, the numbers of patent applications for converting carbon dioxide into methanol (11.4%) and methane (8.3%) are relatively high. Major companies, including CPC Corporation and Formosa Plastics Corporation, are investing in such technologies to boost competitiveness in the petrochemical industry. The China Steel Corporation has also leveraged its close proximity to local petrochemical companies and formed partnerships in steel and chemical co-production to optimize carbon capture and utilization/usage (CCU) benefits. Furthermore, with limited R&D in the field of novel carbon materials and a majority of investors being start-up companies, converting carbon dioxide into novel carbon materials could be a potential new business opportunity for SMEs in Taiwan.Applications for carbon storage technologies primarily come from countries or companies that possess oil and gas resources, with 48.1% of the applications focused on the technology of underground injection of carbon dioxide into reservoirs during oil and gas extraction. The implementation of carbon storage technology is limited in Taiwan due to the absence of natural gas or oil production, regulatory hurdles, and the requirement to gain consent from nearby residents for underground injections of carbon dioxide.As of recent, carbon pricing has been skyrocketing, and regulations are becoming increasingly stringent as countries move toward a consensus on reducing carbon emissions. TIPO emphasizes that industries should stay informed about the global CCUS patent landscape and proactively leverage their strengths and resources to research and develop new technologies so as to seize business opportunities in sustainability, leading to a positive impact on both the environment and the economy in the transition to a zero-carbon economy.For related information, please see:https://www.tipo.gov.tw/tw/cp-85-916712-4b1c5-1.html
The 2023 Taiwan-Japan Intellectual Property Symposium: A Resounding Success!The 2023 Taiwan-Japan Intellectual Property Symposium, a collaborative effort of the organizers Taiwan-Japan Relations Association and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, in partnership with co-organizer Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), was held on January 10th at the GIS MOTC Convention Center. It brought together an esteemed group of guest speakers, including Taiwan-Japan Relations Association Deputy Secretary-General Ching-Hung Lin, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Deputy Representative Dr. Takashi Hattori, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) Director-General Shu-Ming Hung, and Japan Patent Office (JPO) Policy Planning and Coordination Department Director-General Mikiharu Shimizu (remarks read on his behalf by Director Tauchi Koji of the Multilateral Policy Office, International Policy Department).The Symposium featured detailed presentations from JPO Multilateral Policy Office Director Tauchi Koji, TIPO International Affairs and Planning Division Director Chi-Hsien Chou, Wisdom International Patent & Law Office Registered Japanese Patent Attorney Kai Furihata, and Jou and Jou Patent Offices Patent Attorney Mike Jou. The speakers delved into the latest developments and initiatives of JPO, offered insights on the patent-related support measures provided by the Taiwanese government for enterprises to develop overseas markets, introduced the nuances of the Japanese invention patent system, and shared actionable strategies for applying and efficiently acquiring Japanese patent rights.Over 110 participants attended the 2023 Taiwan-Japan Intellectual Property Symposium, bringing together industry, government, and academia. The Symposium sparked a dynamic exchange of ideas and insights among participants and experts from both Taiwan and Japan, and fostered vibrant and engaging discussions throughout the event.
TIPO Publishes Revisions to the Positive Patent Examination Pilot Program for Startup Companies, Which Take Effect on January 1, 2023TIPO has been promoting the Positive Patent Examination Pilot Program for Startup Companies in 2022, as the program shall terminate on December 31. To encourage more startups to participate in the program, TIPO relaxed the eligibility, allowing startups founded within 8 years to join. The revision replaces the original requirement that startups must be within 5 years of founding to join and comes into effect on January 1, 2023.Reviews from startups who participated in the program this year (2022) are available on TIPO's YouTube Channel.
2022 TIPA IP Symposium: Trial Model of Patent Litigation Concludes Successfully!To enhance the productivity of the trial model of patent litigation, as well as safeguard the procedural rights of the parties involved during patent litigation at the courts and TIPO, TIPO has been actively advocating simplification of the administrative remedy proceedings and amendments to the both parties adversary trial system.In order to learn from relevant experience from other international entities, TIPO made a special request to TIPA and the IP and Commercial Court to organize the hybrid 2022 TIPA IP Symposium: Trial Model of Patent Litigation on November 18, 2022 at the NTU College of Law Tsai Lecture Hall. TIPO hopes to better understand the relevant international systems and practices through this event, which will serve as a reference for us to establish a regime in the future that better aligns with the expectations of patent professionals.The symposium invited speakers to share their experiences on topics including trial procedures and practices of the US PTAB, US Federal District Courts, Germany Federal Patent Court, and in Japan. The event attracted over 540 attendees from academia, the public and private sectors to attend in person and online. Participants engaged in avid discussions and were able to fully exchange opinions.Excerpts of discussion from the symposium shall be posted online under TIPA IP Monthly Issue. The public is invited to follow the TIPA official website and TIPO’s official FB page to get the latest updates and information.
TIPO Releases the Reference Manual on Green Manufacturing Proprietary Technology within the Semiconductor Industry’s Supply Chain TransformationGoals to reach net zero emissions by 2050 have become important policy priorities for governments across the world, who have gradually incorporated sustainability within their policies and regulations to drive greater discussion within the private sector on topics such as sustainability, reducing emissions, and the environment.Taiwan has the most developed semiconductor industry cluster and division of services in the world. As the industry continues to grow rapidly, wafer foundries must carefully weigh the balance between reducing emissions and maintaining product yield. Major concerns include how to resolve ensuing environmental pollution issues, how to recycle and reuse relevant materials, and how to replace or reduce the use of related compounds.TSMC, the global leading semiconductor manufacturer, has worked with equipment manufacturers since 2016 to develop energy-efficient green machinery for semiconductor manufacturing. They have also included energy-efficient requirements into procurement standards and specifications for new machines, becoming the world’s first semiconductor company to drive equipment manufacturers to adopt energy saving measures with advanced equipment.TIPO compiled a manual of proprietary technology and case studies of green manufacturing machinery from 10 businesses within TSMC’s supply chain. Through analyzing case studies, TIPO elaborates on the green manufacturing development status and trends of these suppliers, in hopes that this can serve as a reference for domestic semiconductor companies looking to transform their green manufacturing supply chains.
Online Manual “Top 10 Internet Copyright Case Studies” is Now Available!Recent developments in digital technology have introduced new and diverse uses of internet copyrights, e.g., P2P, embedded links, set top boxes, APP, etc. As the scope of use for copyrights has increased, related controversies and disputes have also ensued. To help copyright holders better understand how to protect their copyrights and users better understand legal copyright use, TIPO has compiled a list of judicial rulings in the past ten years regarding internet copyright issues.The compilation includes topics such as APP copyrights infringement, illegal distribution of set-top boxes, online gaming, or repurposing photos, posts/content, or video clips from other persons for online retail or e-commerce businesses, etc. Each case study also includes a summary of the relevant copyright issues and regulations, as well as practical judicial insights, to help readers understand important concepts and judicial opinions regarding internet copyright disputes. TIPO hopes the manual will prevent copyright infringements with internet use, thereby promoting proper use of copyrighted works.
Revisions to Part I of the Patent Examination Guidelines Come into Effect on December 1, 2022TIPO has made revisions to Part I of the Patent Examination Guidelines regarding procedural examination and patent rights management. Main revisions are as follows:I. Chapter 1 - Procedures for Filing Patent Applications and Related Patent MattersElectronic signatures are on the rise. As the documents submitted for patent applications are primarily governed by private law, an electronic signature may be accepted as long as both parties can agree to the validity thereof. TIPO has therefore revised "1.2.4 Signatures for Electronic Documents" to relax requirements for signature formats. The signee only needs to provide a form of signature (whether it be a signature, stamp, or electronic signature) that matches the signature on the application documents.II. Chapter 3 – Patent ApplicantIn accordance with adjustments made to procedural examination, revisions have been made to “3.1 Inventor Change," "4.1 Applicant Name or Title Change," "4.5 Inventor Name Change," and included case studies to help the public better understand the principle of examination. The revisions also specify that applicants who are able to rectify inconsistencies on documents submitted with their applications do not fall under this category. In accordance with a judicial ruling, TIPO also included a case study explanation regarding name changes for different applicants who belong to the same entity.III. Chapter 5 – Filing DateThe establishment of the filing date is closely tied to the patent applicant provided on the application. To clearly stipulate that the cause for decisions on postponement of the filing date, revisions were made to “1.1 Application” for further clarification. The three relevant scenarios were also listed as "Change in Applying Entity," "Addition of Listed Applicants," "Decrease in Listed Applicants.”VI. Chapter 7 – Patent Priority and Grace PeriodAdded an example of incorrect priority document to the “1.5 Documentation and Submission Timelines for Priority.”V. Chapter 8 - Deposit of Biological MaterialsAdded revision to "4. Documentation for Deposit of Biological Materials" stipulating that a depository not an international depositary authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty must include viability information as required documentation.VI. Chapter 19 – Change of Patent RightsRevised “6. Recordation of Pledge Establishment ” and “6.2 Requisite Application Documents” in accordance with changes to Article 67 of the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act announced on October 20, 2022.VII. Other RevisionsRevisions to all other chapters made in accordance with the relevant revisions to official regulations and procedural examination.
New Upgrades to TIPO’s Digital Services – Online Certificates for Patents and Trademarks Available from 2023To ensure TIPO offers more comprehensive digital services that better align with global trends, TIPO plans to offer online certificates for patents and trademarks from January 2023. The paperless process will make it more convenient for right holders to obtain and save their certificates, as well as reduce the cost of printing and mailing paper copies – a beneficial step towards achieving sustainable development goals of conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions.For the applicant’s convenience, TIPO will not make online certificates mandatory for all. The applicant may choose either an online or paper certificate when requesting their patent certificate or paying trademark registration fees. Should the applicant require a paper certificate later on, those who choose to receive an online certificate may apply for a paper copy.Upon receiving notification from TIPO that their certificate has been issued, applicants can download the online certificate by entering their verification code at the specified site within six months. Applicants may also obtain their online certificates through the E-SET e-delivery system. Afterwards, applicants will be able to access their online certificates on the e-portal with their digital certificate, under “My Applications.”TIPO's online certificates will be provided via PDF formats for easy circulation. The online certificates will be equipped with anti-counterfeiting measures that require verification and digital signatures, as well as a QR code. Right holders may upload digital files of their certificates onto TIPO's system or scan the QR codes to quickly verify the authenticity of their patent certificates, as well as access any updates to the status of their rights.
Revisions to the Industry Collaborative Patent Interview Pilot Program Will Take Effect Jan 3rd, 2023TIPO has implemented the Industry Collaborative Patent Interview Pilot Program (hereinafter referred to as "the Program") from November 1st, 2021, to October 31st, 2022. The Program has been well received by the public. To further enhance the process of collaborative patent interviews, TIPO has made revisions to the Program and plans to renew the trial period for another two years. This Program aims to provide applicants with swift and smooth patent rights application experience and assist them in building their patent portfolio. The interviews with applicants allow patent examiners to better understand the application's advanced technical content, thus enabling them to conduct an efficient and high-quality examination. Patent applicants may proactively submit a letter of intent in paper or electronic form.
Patent pledge registration will no longer require a patent certificate, and relaxation of the reasons for applying for the reissuance or renewal of a patent certificateTo relax regulations and safeguard the rights of patent holders and pledgees, revisions were made to the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act and promulgated on October 20, 2022. The application process for patent pledges have been simplified, and reasons for reissuance or renewal of patent certificates have been relaxed. Highlights of the revisions are as follows:I. Deleted requirement that applicants filing for a patent pledge must include the patent certificate, as well as requirement stipulating that patent pledge information must be included within patent certificate.II. Added “Change in Requisite Information to be Included on Patent Certificate” as a reason for applying for the re-issuance or renewal of a patent certificate. Added the requirement for the Specific Patent Agency to void the original patent certificate upon the re-issuance or renewal of a new patent certificate.
TIPO’s 2022 Trade Secrets Protection Enhancement Seminars for BusinessesTo assist businesses in establishing comprehensive mechanisms for trade secrets protection, TIPO has collaborated with the Taiwan Association for Trade Secrets Protection (TTSP), the NSTC Central Taiwan Science Park Bureau, the MOEA Export Processing Zone Administration, and the MOI NPA Second Special Police Corps to hold 3 sessions of the Trade Secrets Protection Enhancement Seminars for Businesses. The seminars were held on September 16, 23, and October 7 at the Central Taiwan Science Park, New Taipei Industrial Park, and the Kaohsiung Nanzih Technology Industrial Park respectively, with 149 attendees engaging in lively discussions and exchange.Industry experts and judicial enforcement professionals were invited to speak, share their experience, and answer questions on four main topics: appropriate confidentiality measures for trade secrets protection, investigations of trade secrets infringement, enhancing management of trade secrets protection with case study examples, and SOP for reporting trade secrets infringement. TIPO hopes that the seminars can help businesses establish better systems to manage trade secrets protection and respond to trade secrets infringements.
Comprehensive Guide to Domestic and Foreign Trademark Applications is Now Available!To help industries better understand Taiwan’s trademark registration process, trademark protection and management, as well as important things to know when applying for trademarks overseas, TIPO has compiled the Comprehensive Guide to Domestic and Foreign Trademark Applications.The guideline provides businesses with tips on how to apply for domestic trademarks and the importance of applying for trademarks overseas. In addition to covering basic knowledge about trademark rights, it also touches upon resolutions for trademark disputes. At the same time, the guideline also provides relevant government resources in hopes of effectively assisting SMEs with difficulties in trademark protection. The guideline mainly consists of the following:1. The Benefits of Trademarks: Trademark basics, benefits of registering a trademark, and the branding process.2. Tips for Domestic Trademarks: Important information on applying for domestic trademarks and relevant regulations on trademark reproduction design.3. The Importance of Trademark Registration Abroad: Important information on applying for trademarks overseas, monitoring similar trademarks registered abroad and infringement, and strategies on dealing trademark squatting incidents abroad.4. Protection and Management of Trademark Rights: Protection of trademark rights, dispute resolution procedures, civil and criminal liabilities of trademark infringement, and defenses to trademark infringement.5. Government resources and services: TIPO provides relevant information on IPR; MOEA IDB provides assistance with branding; MOEA SMEA provides relevant information and counseling for new startups.