TIPO updates its e-learning materials concerning the use of the patent search system of mainland ChinaTIPO has updated its e-learning materials concerning the use of the patent search system of mainland China in the section dedicated to promoting the commercialization of patents on TIPO’s website. The new operation interface is easy to use, and the materials are equipped with clear examples, which would certainly help make learning more efficient.More information
TIPO wraps up the backlog reduction projectUnder the auspices of the Executive Yuan, TIPO has since 2010 been carrying out a patent backlog reduction project, which has been completed recently at the end of 2017, with a total of 431,255 cases being examined and closed, exceeding the original target of 413,316 by 17,939 cases. Among them, the backlog of pending invention patent applications had dropped to about 44,000, a great achievement by the office. With regard to patent pendency, in comparison with the Five IP Offices (IP5), in 2016, the average patent pendency at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was 25.6 months and the European Patent Office (EPO) 26.5 months, both longer than that of TIPO (19.8 months). In 2017, the figure in Taiwan was further reduced to 16 months, improving opportunities for applicants to expand their patent portfolios around the globe and enhancing Taiwan’s industries more competitive as a whole. In addition, TIPO provided training to examiners with fixed-terms as well as R&D substitute service draftees involved in the backlog reduction project. As such, in addition to helping reducing backlogs during their services at TIPO, they will be able to bring their skills to other private entities or businesses after the project is closed, allowing them to continue providing patent-related professional services. In other words, the project has also helped cultivate professional talents specializing in patents. In the future, TIPO plans to continue striking a balance between the number of patent applications and that of cases examined, in the hope of preventing backlogs from taking place again. In addition, it will follow examples of advanced countries, in the hope of further improving patent examination efficiency and quality while providing better services.
TIPA runs training courses for IP practitionersTo improve the capacity of professional IP practitioners, TIPO has commissioned the Taiwan Intellectual Property Training Academy (TIPA) to run a series of training courses designed for IP professionals, starting in March 2018. Classes covered in the program include: (1) IPR Basics; (2) the Writing of Patent Specifications; (3) Patent Examination Guidelines; (4) Patent Application Process Control and Management; (5) Patent Search Analysis and Value-added Application; (6) Trademark Application and Management; (7) Patent Litigation; and (8) Patent Infringement Assessment. All of the above classes put a strong focus on real-world practices. In addition, TIPO will also hold certification exams for intellectual property professionals in July and August this year. Also with a major focus on real-world practices, these will be the only certification exams designed to test the professional capacity of IP practitioners in Taiwan.
TIPO expands the IPR Action Plan section on its websiteTIPO has expanded the IPR Action Plan section on its website to include more materials such as IPR Action Plans of different periods of years, law enforcement results and statistics of competent authorities, statistics on the investigation of counterfeit offences, court rulings on IPR infringement cases, as well as IPR awareness campaigns and related reports. By so doing, it is hoped that the public will have a better knowledge about measures Taiwan has taken to curb piracy through its IPR Action Plans.
TIPO holds its second public hearing on draft amendments to the Patent Act on January 15, 2018On January 15, 2018, TIPO held its second public hearing on draft amendments to the Patent Act. Topics discussed including: filing for a divisional application after a decision of approval pertaining to the parent patent application is rendered; the legal effect of supplementing reasons or evidence provided later than the time limit in the invalidation proceedings; and the term of a design patent. About 100 people showed up for the event. Suggestions made at the public hearing and replies by TIPO have been put on TIPO’s website.
Taiwan-Canada PPH Mottainai program to be launched in FebruaryThe MOU of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Mottainai program between the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) was signed on January 31, 2018, and came into effect on February 1.The Taiwan-Canadian PPH program is under the “Mottainai” model. Under this scheme, after applicants apply for patents for the same invention in both countries, when they get positive examination results from either patent office, they are eligible to file a PPH request at the other office, thereby accelerating examination process. The cooperation program will make the patent examination process faster and more efficient, and TIPO urges applicants of requesting both countries to make full use of it.Application form for a PPH and more information about the PPH partnership between Taiwan and Canada
TIPO updates concordances of goods and services between Taiwanese and Japanese and their relevant classes in accordance with the latest NCL (11-2018)As the 2018 version of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification (NCL) came into force on January 1, 2018, TIPO updated the concordances of goods and services and their relevant classes as well as those of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on its website accordingly. By so doing, it is hoped that the lists can serve as a reference point for Taiwanese and Japanese applicants when they seek to file trademark applications.More information
TIPO releases IPR statistics for the fourth quarter of 2017In the fourth quarter of 2017, TIPO received a total of 19,464 applications for patents. Among them, 12,579 are invention patents, a 2 percent increase from the same period last year; 4,921 are utility models, and 1,964 are design patents, a drop of 5 and 14 percent from the same period last year, respectively.Among invention patent applications, by nationality of applicants, 5,411 applications were filed by domestic residents while 7,168 ones filed by foreigners, representing a 1 and 2 percent year-on-year increase, respectively. In particular, the number of applications filed by domestic residents has been on the rise for five consecutive quarters. By nationality of applicants of foreign origins, Japan topped the list with 3,047 applications, followed by the US (1,624) and mainland China (587).As for invention patent applications by domestic companies, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) came top with 383 applications, followed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) (295), Inventec Corporation (124), Hon Hai (109), and AU Optronics (AUO) (96). As for applications by foreign companies, Qualcomm topped the list with 203 applications, followed by OPPO Electronics Corporation (123), Applied Materials (117), Alibaba Group Holding Limited (115), and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) (88). In particular, OPPO Electronics Corporation, a mainland-China-based company, registered a growth rate of 1267% in terms of the number of its applications this season, in comparison with the same period last year, an impressive rise worth paying attention to.In the meantime, the number of new applications for trademark registration (21,244) has risen 0.4 percent, in comparison with the same period last year. Among them, 14,957 applications were filed by Taiwanese nationals while 6,287 ones filed by foreigners, representing a 3 percent decrease and an 8 percent increase, respectively. By nationality of applicants of foreign origins, mainland China topped the list with 1,551 applications, followed by Japan (1,077) and the US (1,001).
General Information sheet is no longer required for supplementary documents of applications made at the E-setTo make it easier to file patent application online and to streamline the digital application process, TIPO has announced that when people make supplementary documents of application via the E-set, an online patent application system under TIPONet, if no basic information about the application has been changed, it is not necessary for applicants to hand in a general information sheet. The policy has come into practice in December 2017. This will help save time as applicants no longer need to file in a general information sheet or convert file formats, further speeding up the whole process. As such, TIPO encourages the public to make use of the E-set online.
TIPO publishes its patent and industrial report concerning the IoV industryTIPO has referred to technical standards set by standard-setting organizations for the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) industry in the US, Europe, and Japan—including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)—as well as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2017, and wrote a report analyzing patents related to the IoV industry, in an attempt to set an example for local industries as to how to identify potential standard essential patents (SEPs) by actively reviewing specific technical standards of an industry and conducting patent searches. By so doing, it is hoped that relevant circles in Taiwan will gain a better understanding about the possible types of potential SEPs for the communication interface of the IoV, as well as the plausible methods to identify potential SEPs. In other words, the report can serve as a reference point for researchers or business operators interested in establishing technical standards for the IoV or other related.More information about TIPO’s patent and industrial report concerning the IoV industry that covers Taiwan’s IoV industry, current standard setting situation in the industry, and future trends
TIPO produces a report on patent application trends in the area of cancer treatmentTIPO has produced a report on patent application trends in the area of cancer treatment, based on patent publications in Taiwan from 2006 to 2015, as well as results of its own questionnaire surveys. It was found in the report that, by category of technical features, among the 6,619 cancer-related patent applications made to TIPO during this period of time, “Drugs and Chemistry” (including cancer drug and formulation development) stood at 6,083, accounting for the 90 percent of all applications—of which Taiwanese nationals ranked the 5th place, by nationality of applicants. It was followed by “Diagnostic and Surgical Devices” (including the development of tumor diagnostic technologies), with 680 applications, accounting for about 10 percent of all applications—of which Taiwanese nationals ranked the 2nd place, by nationality of applicants. These figures have demonstrated the importance of these two technical fields for Taiwan’s cancer treatment as well as the country’s strengths in research and development on this front.More information
TIPO Statistics Report: Patent and Trademark Applications in 2017In 2017, overall applications increased by 2% from the previous year to 73,791 cases. Invention patent applications grew by 5% with a significant increase by residents (18,199 cases, +8%). Trademark applications reached a new peak of 83,802 cases. As to examination efficiency, the average pendency for first office action of invention patent and trademark applications were shortened to 9 and 5 months respectively, while both pending applications were lowered to 44,002 and 46,385 cases respectively.The new patent applications TIPO received saw a yearly increase of 2%. Of the three types of new patent applications, Invention patent (46,122 cases) increased by 5%, whereas utility model patents (19,549 cases) and design patents (8,120 cases) slumped. The decline for five consecutive years of utility model patent applications has slowed down (Fig. 1).Breakdown by nationality, overall applications filed by residents (40,835 cases) and non-residents (32,956 cases) both saw an increase. Of the applications filed by residents, invention patents stood at 18,199 cases with an 8% increase, while design patents stood at 4,293 cases with a 6% decrease. As for non-residents, invention patent applications (27,923 cases) and utility model patent applications (1,206 cases) both grew by 4% (Fig. 2).Among the five largest patent-filing countries (regions), Japan continued to claim the top spot with 13,850 overall applications, followed by the US (7,312 cases) and China (2,674 cases). Japan also took the lead in the number of invention and design patent applications, and China outnumbered other countries in utility model applications (Fig. 3).Thanks to fast-track measures, active management of examination efficiency, and PPH pilot programs with other patent offices, examination pendency was down to the lowest point in five years. Take invention patent applications for example, the average first office action pendency and disposal pendency were shortened to 9 and 16 months respectively and pending applications were down to 44,002 cases, which facilitates early assertion of patent rights and building of patent portfolios (Fig. 4). Since the Patent Backlog Reduction Project was launched in 2010, TIPO has successfully reduced backlogs.In trademark, the number of applications (83,802 cases) saw a record high in past five years mainly because of the increase in resident applications (Fig. 6). By nationality, applications by residents (61,215 cases) and non-residents (22,587 cases) grew from the preceding year by 6% and 4% respectively (Fig. 5).Among the five largest filing countries (regions), China (4,830 cases, +13%) again took the lead. Japan (3,892 cases, +6%) took the second spot, outnumbering the US (3,684 cases, -1%). In addition, the fact that four out of top five trademark filing countries (regions) are located in Asia indicates their active expansion of trademark portfolios in Taiwan (Fig. 6).In the face of a growing demand for trademark registration, TIPO devoted fully to trademark examination and active management of processing time. As a result, the average pendency for first office action and total disposal of trademark applications were shortened to 5 and 7 months respectively and the number of pending applications was down to 46,385 cases (Fig. 7). As for trademark examination pendency and pending applications, both were down to the lowest point in five years in order to boost business operations and portfolios in the market.
TIPO and the EUIPO signed an MOU on bilateral IPR cooperation - marking a new milestone for bilateral cooperationOn January 12, 2018, TIPO and the EUIPO signed an MOU on bilateral IPR cooperation, opening a new chapter in IPR cooperation between TIPO and the EUIPO. Under the framework of this MOU, the two sides will jointly push for cooperation in areas such as integration of information tools, personnel training, expert meetings, and optimal harmonization of practices. The two sides will also exchange views on international IPR issues, as well as on respective legislative changes and practices so as to strengthen IP systems and services.The EU has long been Taiwan’s key trading partner. These past few years have seen steady numbers of applications filed by Taiwan residents with the EUIPO (604 trademark applications and 677 Community design applications in 2016) and EU residents with TIPO (3,556 trademark applications and 1,149 design patent applications in 2016). In particular, there is a noticeable growth in the number of design patent applications. On the basis of this MOU, the two sides will deepen mutual understanding and cooperation, which in turn will substantially benefit businesses and applicants on both ends. In the future, TIPO will develop a more solid partnership with the EUIPO through various areas of cooperation to jointly create a well-rounded environment for IP protection and provide better services to applicants.
TIPO launches the Global Patent Search System (GPSS) on January 1, 2018TIPO has established a Global Patent Search System (GPSS), which comprised patent data of the IP5 (including the USPTO, the EPO, the JPO, the KIPO, and the SIPO) along with its own data over the past ten years (2006-2017). By making use of search commands provided by the GPSS, users will be able to find patent data they need in a precise manner, which can pave the way for better corporate technology R&D and patent portfolio, allowing users to take advantage of the trend of technology development in their industries in an effectively and timely manner. The GPSS will add other new features, such as statistical analysis and chart analysis in 2018, which will have data collected from all over the world analyzed and made into charts. Global Patent Search System
Timetable for PDX program between Taiwan and South Korea in 2018The priority document exchange (PDX) program between Taiwan and South Korea has come into effect on January 1, 2016. Since 2017, the exchange frequency of the program has been increased from once a month to twice a month.A timetable for exchange dates of the PDX program in 2018 is as follows: January 3 and 17; February 7 and 21; March 7 and 21; April 4 and 18; May 2 and 16; June 7 and 20; July 4 and 18; August 1 and 16; September 5 and 19; October 4 and 17; November 7 and 21; as well as December 5 and 19.
Taiwan-Canada PPH MOTTAINAI program comes into effect on February 1, 2018The Memorandum of Understanding on the Patent Prosecution Highway between Taiwan and Canada was signed at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei on January 31, 2018. The ceremony was witnessed by Vice Minister Mei-hua Wang of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the MOU will come into effect on February 1, 2018. This is yet another achievement by TIPO, after it forged cooperation with its counterparts in the US, Japan, Spain, South Korea and Poland on PPH programs.The cooperation between Taiwan Intellectual Property Office and Canadian Intellectual Property Office on PPH program will speed up the examination process for invention patent applications in both countries, allow applicants to get patents in a quick manner, and benefit industries on both sides on their patent portfolio strategies. In particular, the PPH program to be launched this time around is under the “MOTTAINAI” model. Under this scheme, after applicants apply for patent for the same invention in both countries, when they get positive examination results from either patent office, they will be eligible for the PPH at the other office, thereby accelerating the examination process. For example, in the event that a Taiwanese national applies for an invention patent firstly to TIPO and later to the CIPO, if a favorable decision is firstly given by the CIPO, the applicant will then be eligible to request for the PPH at TIPO. The cooperation program will make the patent examination process faster and more efficient, and TIPO urges applicants on both sides to make full use of it.For more information about the TIPO-CIPO PPH MOTTAINAI program and the application form, please visit: https://www.tipo.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=335512&CtNode=7556&mp=2
TIPO holds the Seminar on the IP Landscape in Southeast Asian Countries on November 28, 2017To encourage Taiwanese businesses to engage in exchanges with Southeast Asian countries, and to promote the New Southbound Policy of Taiwan, TIPO held the Seminar on the IP Landscape in Southeast Asian Countries on November 28, 2017. During the event, a number of IP officials from Southeast Asian countries were invited, including Mr. Nelson P. Laluces, Deputy Director General of the IPOPHL; Mr. Phan Thanh Hai, Head of the Patent Division No.1 of the NOIP; Mrs. Fatimah Rohada Dahalan, Assistant Director General of the MyIPO; Mr. Sirapat Vajraphai, Acting Head of International Cooperation Section of the DIP; and Mr. Ronald S. Lumbuun, Head of Sub-directorate of Prevention and Dispute Settlement of the DGIP. Speakers shared the IP legal regimes, application practices, and law enforcement in the region with the Taiwanese audience. About 220 people showed up for the seminar, including members from academic and research institutions, government, and business community, as well as patent and trademark agents. Heated discussions took place throughout the sessions. The event has indeed helped shed light on the IP protection systems in Southeast Asian countries to the participants.Presentation slides from the event
TIPO updates its streamlined patent application form and guides, which take effect on December 1, 2017To make patent application easier and the patent examination process even more efficient, TIPO has made changes to its patent application forms and relevant application guides, which took effect on December 1, 2017. Major changes include: only one copy of application documents (including the abstract or description, the claim, and the drawing of a patent) is required now; country name is required to be noted in front of the company name if the applicant is a foreign company; and requirements of the application number, the filing date, and the International Patent Classification (IPC) number or the Locarno Classification (LOC) number—information previously required on the cover page of an abstract or a description for patent application—are now removed, in response to the adoption of the online examination practice for patents.
TIPO updated and made public its classification list of goods and services for the purpose of trademark application and registration in accordance with the 11th edition of Nice Classification of WIPOTIPO updated and made public its classification list of goods and services for the purpose of trademark application and registration in accordance with the 11th edition of Nice Classification of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The new list came into effect on January 1, 2018.More information
Based on the 11th edition of the Locarno Classification (LOC), TIPO made public its classification list of industrial designsBased on the 11th edition of the Locarno Classification (LOC), TIPO made public its classification list of industrial designs, which came into effect on January 1, 2018. More information