Positive Patent Examination Pilot Program for Startup Companies to come into effect on January 5, 2021To support the growth of startups, the government has been actively providing subsidies to nascent businesses. Newly founded companies in possession of patents have a greater chance of obtaining these state-sponsored contributions. An additional benefit of owning a patent is that it can be used as collateral for a loan and allows for diversified financing.In order to expedite the patent acquisition process for startups, TIPO will begin implementing the “Positive Patent Examination Pilot Program for Startup Companies” on January 5 of next year. This will give priority to invention patent applications filed by newly established companies. Where there are grounds for rejecting an invention patent application, TIPO will subsequently inform the filing applicant of those grounds and provide advice on application amendments via so-called “positive interviews.”Where the program is applied to a startup company’s patent application that has undergone examination, TIPO will, within one month of receiving the application for positive patent examination, supply interview materials relating to the search report on novelty and inventive step requirements as well as materials relating to other reasons for patent rejection. TIPO will also arrange a time for the interview, which should generally take place within one month of the applicant receiving the aforementioned materials. After conclusion of the interview, the applicant shall submit a response or amendments within a month. Should an applicant fail to do so, review of the application shall revert to the regular examination procedure. The applicant may choose to withdraw the patent application so as to protect their invention as a trade secret. These changes make it possible for startups to obtain patents within 4 months of application for the positive patent examination, which in turn allows them to benefit from increased entrepreneurial resources while also accelerating the consolidation of their patent portfolio. Startups eligible for this program are those that, under Taiwan’s Company Act or its foreign counterparts, have been established for less than five years. Applications must be made electronically, and there are no charges for either the application itself or the positive interview. The pilot program’s trial period will run from January 5 until June 30, 2021, and is limited to a total of 30 test applications. Once the trial period has expired or the maximum number of test applications has been reached, TIPO will temporarily stop accepting applications and begin its evaluation of the program’s success, assessing both its continued viability and the need for possible changes.
New online publication service for copyright holder search notices – free for all to useTo promote a more widespread use of copyrighted works whose authors are unknown, TIPO has started offering a free “copyright holder search notice” publication service, which has been available since October of this year. All applicants need to do is email their application form to TIPO and we will publish the relevant notice on our website’s “Licensing of orphan works” section. This service will allow applicants to more conveniently and efficiently meet the requirements for the use of works whose authors are unknown.
Comparative analysis of invention patent applications filed with TIPO and under the PCT in 2019For three years now, the number of invention patent applications filed with TIPO has been on the rise, with 2019 seeing a total of 45,650 cases, representing a year-on-year increase of 2.6%. In 2019, there were 265,800 patent applications under the PCT – 5.2% more than in the previous year – marking a ten-year growth streak.A breakdown by nationality shows that both domestic and foreign applications experienced sustained growth over the past three years. Data for 2019 put the number of resident applications at 18,294 (40.1%), with the same figure for non-resident applications coming to 27,356 (59.9%). Japan ranked first for foreign applicants, followed by the USA and mainland China – all three exhibited an upward trend. As for the nationality of applicants of PCT applications, mainland China took the lead for the first time, after boasting a substantial increase in applications of 10.6%, surpassing both Japan and the USA.An analysis by technological field reveals that semiconductor patents made up the leading category for invention patent applications filed with TIPO in the past five years, standing at 11.6% of all applications in 2019. This group was followed by computing technology, electromechanical energy devices, and optics. For PCT applications, the order was as follows: computing technology, digital communication, and electromechanical energy devices. Applications for semiconductor and optics patents, however, only ranked 9th and 10th, respectively.Looking at the top three technological fields for applications filed with TIPO, we learn that semiconductor patents saw the most applications filed by Japan, the USA, and South Korea. For computing technology, it was Taiwan, mainland China, and Hong Kong who led the pack, while Germany filed the most invention patents for electromechanical energy devices.For PCT applications, the breakdown follows a different pattern: mainland China and South Korea saw the most applications filed for digital communication patents. In the USA, computing technology ranked first. As for Japan, electromechanical energy devices reigned supreme, whereas in Germany, it was transportation that came out on top. As we can see, there is a difference in terms of prioritized technological fields when comparing the PCT figures with those of TIPO.
TIPO’s Q3 2020 IPR Statistics ReportIn Q3 2020, TIPO received a total of 18,895 applications for invention, utility model and design patents, not much different from the same period last year. Applications for trademark registrations (26,113 cases), on the other hand, hit a record high once again. Domestic applications registered a small increase in overall patents (see Table 1). In terms of applicants, TSMC and QUALCOMM filed the most invention patent applications among domestic and foreign applicants respectively (see Figure 2). Invention patent applications filed by domestic SMEs have seen growth for 10 consecutive quarters now.PatentInvention patent applications filed by domestic enterprises accounted for 75% of all domestic applications filed, making them a major driving force for innovation. Of these, applications by SMEs grew by 17%, marking the tenth quarter of consecutive growth. This represents a positive development in terms of SMEs protecting their R&D achievements and enhancing their competitiveness.As to the applicants themselves, TSMC filed the most invention patent applications (389 cases), surpassing other domestic applicants for the fifth year in a row when it comes to figures for Q3, while L&F PLASTICS filed the most design patent applications (36 cases)(see Figure 2 and 3).Invention patent applications filed by domestic colleges increased by 10%. NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY and NATIONAL KAOHSIUNG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY tied for first place, each filing 24 applications.Invention patent applications filed by domestic research institutions increased by 38%. ITRI filed the most invention patent applications with 56 cases.As for non-resident applications, Japan topped the list with 3,075 invention patent applications and 295 design patent applications (see Figure 1). Among the largest filing companies, QUALCOMM and FORD stayed on top with 213 cases for invention patent and 113 cases for design patent applications respectively (see Figure 2 and 3).TrademarkApplications for trademark registration came to 26,113 cases and encompassed 32,475 classes, an increase of 17% and 13% respectively over the same period last year. Applications filed by residents (20,493 cases) went up by 30%, whereas those by non-residents (5,620 cases) decreased (see Table 1).For the first time since 1998, the number of resident applications filed in a single quarter exceeded 20,000, marking a record high.A breakdown by Nice class shows that class 35 (advertisements, business management, etc.) received the most cases (3,763) by residents. Applications made under the top five classes were up by between 27% and 40% when compared with the same period last year (see Figure 4). Concerning individual applicants, UNI-PRESIDENT took the lead with 214 cases (see Table 2).As to non-resident applications, mainland China occupied the top spot with 1,245 applications filed (see Figure 1). Class 9 (computer and technology products) led with 1,119 cases registered (see Figure 4). Of all non-residents, GENIUS POWER filed the most applications (40 cases)(see Table 3).
Relaxation of the design patent legislation on November 1 will greatly benefit the digital industryTo stay current with the latest technologies and to promote the development in digital innovation, TIPO reviewed design patent legal regimes and published the partial amendment to Chapter III: Substantive Examination of Design Patents of The Examination Guidelines for Patents, which is due to take effect on November 1, 2020. The prior restriction that computer generated icon (CGI) and graphical user interface (GUI) design patent applications must be applied to an article was lifted. The requirements for the disclosure of a design patent application were also relaxed. These latest changes will enable software businesses to obtain design patent protection more easily and more comprehensively.TIPO receives nearly 8,000 design patent applications every year. Prior to this amendment, software businesses or designers wishing to obtain design patent protection for their CGIs or GUIs were required to indicate the physical products, such as a screen, a display or a smartphone, to which their designs applied. However, as technologies continue to advance, graphic designs are not necessarily being represented on the display device of physical products. Rather, graphic designs can now be projected in the air, or be represented among us when we are wearing VR/AR gadgets.In addition, the designers who create these graphics are usually software developers rather than manufacturers of hardware or products such as screens, displays, or smartphones. To them, graphic designs are essentially part of the software that can also be applied to different kinds of digital products. The protection granted therefore should not be limited only to designs applied to certain types of physical products. Considering the above, this latest amendment allows graphic design registrations for non-physical software or apps. This is to align with today’s technological development and the actual needs in the industrial sector.Apart from the aforementioned revision, this amendment also adds constructions and interior designs to the examples of subject matter for design patent protection, and relaxes the requirements relating to the disclosure of descriptions and drawings, as well as those governing divisional application.This amendment to the Guidelines is expected to allow applicants to file patent applications more easily and flexibly and at the same time obtain more comprehensive protection for their designs. Through gradual review and update of IPR legal regime, TIPO hopes to assist industries in their efforts for innovation, enhance Taiwan’s industrial competitiveness, and bring the vision “Digital Nation, Smart Island” towards ultimate fruition.More detailed information about Chapter III: Substantive Examination of Design Patents of The Examination Guidelines for Patents
September 1: TIPO introduces operational directions for third parties to participate in patent examination processTIPO has always strived for the highest standards when it comes to patent quality. As a further sign of this commitment, the office has been working on how to best encourage third parties to submit prior art concerning the patentability of an invention after the publishing of patent applications 18 months following the earliest effective filing date - this reflects similar measures adopted worldwide and serves to enhance the stability of patent rights.With the aforementioned goal in mind, TIPO has introduced the Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Invention Patent Applications. It is hoped that the new directions, which were announced on August 25, 2020, and came into effect on September 1 of the same year, will clearly regulate public participation procedures. TIPO will also provide convenient access to third-party observation application forms via Taiwan’s Patent Search System.As for patent citation information, this will henceforth be relayed to patent applicants by notification, while patent citations themselves will be made available to the public on the Patent Search System. These measures are designed to ensure that valuable public input by means of third-party observations becomes the driving force for the improvement of patent quality.The operational directions will present a host of advantages for patent applicants, industries and TIPO.1. Advantages for applicants: In the past, roughly 100 third-party patent observations were filed with TIPO every year. However, up to 90% of third parties requested that citation information not be published, leaving many patent applicants in the dark and unable to make necessary revisions to their claims before patent approval. This could result in time-consuming, costly post-grant litigation proceedings. Thanks to the new directions, patent applicants will now be informed about the filing of third-party observations in a timely manner. This will not only safeguard the rights and interests of patent applicants, but also enhance their patent’s stability and benefit their patent portfolio both at home and abroad.2. Advantages for industries: Convenient access to third-party observation application forms and document templates provided by TIPO will make it easier for interested parties to file observations and prior art for examination purposes. Rules regarding the time frame for submissions have also been relaxed. Where an applicant files for both an invention and a utility model patent for the same invention, interested parties will no longer have to wait 18 months until publication of the invention patent application to submit observations or prior art, but may already do so after completion of the formal examination of the utility model, which tends to only take a little over two months.3. Advantages for TIPO: By providing convenient access to third-party observation application forms and document templates via Taiwan’s Patent Search System, TIPO is able to encourage third parties to more readily submit citation information, which in turn helps examiners gain an overview of evidence relating to prior art while also mitigating the risk of administrative costs being incurred due to subsequent invalidation proceedings.In essence, the new directions will facilitate alignment with international practices and more effectively encourage public/third-party participation in the process of patent examination. They should also help in reducing the economic burden on patentees wishing to maintain the validity of their patent. We are confident that these positive changes will further improve patent examination quality in Taiwan.Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Invention Patent ApplicationsOperational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Invention Patent Applications – easy-to-follow infographic
Amendments to the Regulations Governing Application for Approval of Compulsory License of Musical Works and Royalties for Use ThereofWhere an application is made for a compulsory license of a musical work, the written application form shall indicate the identity of the owner of the economic rights to the musical work. This allows the copyright competent authority to notify said owner that he/she may submit an opinion pertaining to the content of the application form. However, in accordance with Paragraph 4 of Article 37 of the Copyright Act, if the musical work has been exclusively licensed, the exclusive licensee may, within the scope of the license, exercise rights in the capacity of economic rights holder. In such instances, the copyright owner is precluded from exercising his/her rights.To ensure conformance with the provisions set forth in the Copyright Act as well as relevant court decisions, partial revisions have been made to the Regulations Governing Application for Approval of Compulsory License of Musical Works and Royalties for Use Thereof. The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced the amendments on August 4. Points of note are as follows:To facilitate the copyright competent authority’s handling of procedural matters, such as notification of right holders, the identity of any exclusive licensee to the musical work concerned shall henceforth also be indicated as an item on the application form. (Amendment to Article 3)Where a musical work has been exclusively licensed, the copyright competent authority shall notify the exclusive licensee about his/her right to submit an opinion as well as the scope thereof. (Amendment to Article 7)The wording of certain provisions has been fine-tuned so as to strengthen procedural guarantees afforded to exclusive licensees. (Amendments to Articles 9–11 and Articles 16–18)Regulations Governing Application for Approval of Compulsory License of Musical Works and Royalties for Use Thereof
Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Patent Applications come into force on September 1On August 25, the Ministry of Economic Affairs released the Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Patent Applications. These are designed to implement the provisions of Article 39 of the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act and improve the system for third-party observations as a tool for public participation in the patent examination process. The new directions lay out the details for submission of a third-party observation. These include the relevant time period, situations for making a submission, and the documents required to be filled out and those that should be supplemented as well as the manner of submission. The directions also outline the processing principles employed by TIPO in relation to third-party observations.Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Patent Applications (in Mandarin)General overview and point-by-point explanation of the guidelines (in Mandarin)
2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo open to allThe 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo will take place from September 24 to 26 in Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Center. With approximately 900 exhibit booths, the event is set to feature a thousand different technological innovations and newly patented inventions. Continuing to enjoy the distinction as Taiwan’s most iconic R&D platform, the expo will also be the first major international exhibition to be held since the outbreak of COVID-19. All members of society are invited to take part.This year, the layout of the exhibition area will revolve around the so-called Three Major Themed Pavilions as well as an Invention Competition Area, where inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers from around the globe will be presenting over 500 innovative creations. By holding the competition, TIPO hopes to uncover the world’s most original and promising inventions, which will all be in the running for the ultimate prize – the prestigious Platinum Medal. TIPO will also be setting up a special area for outstanding innovation by Taiwanese inventors, where the winners and runners-up from international fairs held within the past three years, together with the reigning Platinum Medal recipient, will be showcasing their work – a true testament to the boundless creativity to be found across Taiwan.The expo’s Three Major Themed Pavilions will be jointly curated by the following ten ministries and bodies: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Labor, Council of Agriculture, National Development Council, Environmental Protection Administration and Academia Sinica. The focus will be on pioneering inventions, sustainable development and technologies of the future. Bringing together the trailblazing technologies developed with the help of the above institutions, the exhibition unveils Taiwan’s latest achievements in scientific research.Taking place alongside the expo is an innovation technology forum, which will focus on IP business strategies and emerging tech. Participants will be sharing their experience and insights in an effort to help industries harness the value of scientific innovation. A total of 14 conferences and seminars aim to encourage partnerships and exchanges on tech-related issues with a view to creating domestic and international business opportunities vis-à-vis patented technologies. For all the latest news on the expo, please visit the 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo website.2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo
Program on Mutual Cooperation in the Field of Deposit of Biological Materials for the Purposes of Patent Procedure between Taiwan and South Korea comes into effect on September 1, 2020Following the launch of the cooperative program on mutual recognition of the deposit of biological materials for the purpose of patent procedure between Taiwan and Japan in 2015 and between Taiwan and the UK in 2017, the cooperative program between Taiwan and South Korea, based on an MOU signed in August, will be implemented on September 1, 2020. It once again expands Taiwan’s scope of international cooperation in this field.Upon implementation of this program, TIPO will recognize the deposit at KIPO’s designated depositary and KIPO will recognize the deposit at TIPO’s designated depositary. Therefore, any Taiwanese applicant filing patent applications relating to biological materials with KIPO or any South Korean applicant filing patent applications relating to biological materials with TIPO is able to deposit his/her biological materials in a local designated depositary. This streamlines the deposit procedures for patent applicants in both countries, avoids problems due to the instability of biological materials that may be caused by cross-border deposits, and also reduces the cost of repeated deposits.At present, the depositary designated by TIPO is the Food Industry Research and Development Institute (FIRDI), while those designated by KIPO are the Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC), the Korean Culture Center of Microorganisms (KCCM), the Korean Cell Line Research Foundation (KCLRF) and the Korean Agricultural Culture Collection (KACC).Moreover, both offices also recognize deposits of biological materials in a depositary designated by the other office made before the implementation of this cooperative program, provided two conditions are met. Patent applicants will not be required to make repeated deposits in either Taiwan or South Korea if: 1) their patent application is filed on or after September 1, 2020, i.e., the implementation date of this cooperative program; and 2) their patent application is filed along with copies of the deposit certificates submitted before the corresponding deadlines.The Operational Directions Governing the Mutual Cooperation between TIPO and KIPO in the Field of Deposit of Biological Materials for the Purposes of Patent Procedure and related Q&A information can be found on TIPO’s website.Operational Directions (in Mandarin)Q&A (in Mandarin)
TIPO Holds a Public Hearing on the Amendment to the Substantive Examination Guidelines for Design Patents on July 23After having reviewed design patent examination practices in recent years, TIPO has drafted the amendment to parts of Chapter III on Substantive Examination Guidelines for Design Patents of the Examination Guidelines for Patents so as to stay current with the latest developments in digital and new technologies. A public hearing will therefore be held on July 23.The key revisions pertaining to relaxing the requirements for disclosing descriptions and graphs, as well as those governing divisional application; adding constructions and interior designs to the examples of subject matter for patent protection, and adding computer program products to the example of articles a graph design may be applied to.More information (in Mandarin)
Registration for Information Sessions on Patent Search and Its Application in Building Patent Portfolios Commences on July 23To improve domestic businesses’ abilities to build patent portfolios, TIPO is going to host the Information Sessions on Industrial Patent Portfolios on Patent Search. These events will illustrate how to use TIPO’s GPSS to search patent worldwide, and how to use fishbone diagram and technology life cycle for the analysis of patent trend. In addition, the strategies and useful steps to build patent portfolios will be systematically introduced along with practical cases.These information sessions are advanced courses for patent search and relevant applications, thus participants are advised to have relevant experiences in patent search. The events will be held on in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu, and Taipei from August 4 onwards.More information about registration (in Mandarin)
Registration for the 2020 Seminar on Appropriate Confidentiality Measures for Businesses Now OpenTo assist businesses in establishing comprehensive protective mechanisms for trade secrets, TIPO and the Taiwan Association for Trade Secrets Protection (TTSP) will co-host the seminars on Appropriate Confidentiality Measures for Businesses in Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan on August 14, 28 and September 11.Experts experienced in relevant practices and a prosecutor will be invited to share their thoughts on appropriate confidentiality measures, an overview of applying information technology to trade secret security; and practices in trade secret investigations and the latest development.TIPO hopes these events would enable businesses to establish sound trade secret management system and strategies for coping infringement.More information about registrationAgenda (in Mandarin)
Registration for Information Sessions on Copyright in Cultural and Creative Industries and Internet Copyright Now OpenFrom July to October, TIPO will be hosting a series of six information sessions targeting cultural and creative industries and Internet copyright to address topics of must-know copyright for audio-visual and music industries; must-know copyright for digital publishing industries; and must-know copyright on image usages for online sellers, YouTubers and Internet celebrities. The events will invite legal experts and lecturers from private sectors to give explanation of these topics so as to help cultural and creative industries as well as users increase their knowledge of Copyright Act.More information about registration
TIPO Releases IPR Statistics for the First Half of 2020In the first half of 2020, TIPO received a total of 33,954 applications for invention, utility model, and design patents, marking a 4% decrease over the same period last year. On the other hand, the number of trademark registration applications hit a record high with 43,385 cases (see Table 1). In terms of invention patent applications, TSMC topped domestic applicants and QUALCOMM topped foreign applicants (see Figure 2). The applications by domestic SMEs grew by 14%. PatentDomestic enterprises registered a 1% growth for the number of invention patent applications filed, and their share accounted for over 75% of total domestic invention patent applications, a main driving force for innovation in Taiwan. Of these, SMEs’ applications were up by 14%, marking over 10% growth for the second consecutive year.As for applicants, TSMC topped the list with 375 cases, and MEDIATEK (211 cases) and AU OPTRONICS (210 cases) stood at the second and third spot respectively (see Figure 2). TSMC outnumbered the others for the fourth year in a row.Invention patent applications filed by domestic colleges and research institutions increased by 19% and 2% respectively.Regarding the nationality of non-resident applicants, Japan came in first with 6,105 invention patent applications filed (see Figure 1). Among the top filing foreign companies, QUALCOMM ranked first with 304 cases, representing a growth of 14% over the same period last year (see Figure 2). As for design patents, Japan also came out on top with 497 cases (see Figure 1), while FORD was the company with the most design patents filed (114 cases).TrademarkThe number of new applications for trademark registration (43,385 cases) saw a 3% increase from the same period last year. Applications by residents (32,843 cases) grew by 10%, whereas those by non-residents (10,542 cases) fell (see Table 1). Applications by residents reached a record high not seen since the year 2000.The share of applications by residents rose from 71% in the first half of 2019 to 76% in the first half of 2020, showing a higher concentration of domestic applications.A breakdown by Nice class shows that class 35 (advertising, business management, etc.) received the most cases (5,955) by residents. All top five classes saw positive growth, with class 5 (pharmaceuticals, etc.) registering the highest growth at 24% (see Figure 3). As to applicants, UNI-PRESIDENT led with 228 cases (see Table 3).Of non-residents’ trademark applications, mainland China stayed on top with 2,289 cases (see Figure 1). Class 9 (computer and technology products, etc.) received the most cases (2,100) by non-residents. The top five classes all saw a decrease during this period (see Figure 3). Among non-resident applicants, HUAWEI filed the most applications with 95 cases (see Table 4).
The provisions governing matters relating to patent applications are relaxed after promulgation of the amended Enforcement Rules of the Patent ActOn June 24, 2020, the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act was amended to relax regulation, and broaden public participation in examinations to increase examination quality.The key revisions include an invention patent applicant who uses an electronic file format prescribed by TIPO to submit a listing of nucleotides and/or amino acids sequence may be exempted from submission in written form. Also, the restriction where a third party may submit observation to TIPO only after the publication of the invention patent application is now relaxed. Any person may submit observations prior to an examination decisions being rendered.Amended Articles 17 and 39 of the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act
Alternative methods for electronic transmission of patent and trademark application documents take effect on July 1, 2020In 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.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.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)
Changes made to the name of designated goods and services for trademark registration, as well as cross index referencesIn order to align the goods and services classification more closely with the actual business scenarios, TIPO added/amended 468 items and deleted 14 items in names of designated goods and services for trademark registration. Also, it added/amended 16 names of groups/sub-groups or notes in total. The above changes took effect on July 1, 2020.The new version of “Names of designated goods and services for trademark registration” (in Mandarin)
Registration is now open for TIPO’s 2020 IPR affairs seminars which begin on July 27To enable the public to better understand TIPO’s routine IPR affairs and facilitate in-person communication with different sectors, TIPO will host the annual “IPR affairs seminars” on July 27 in Taipei, July 30 in Taichung, August 3 in Hsinchu, August 6 in Tainan, and August 7 in Kaohsiung.The seminars will address four specific topics: (1) An overview of the “Guidelines for processing third-party observations on patent applications” and “Proactive patent examination program for start-ups”; (2) Case studies on issue of ex officio examination, res judicata and new evidence; (3) An overview of the fast-track for trademark and applications; and (4) Reminders of taking patent and trademark related proceedings. There will also be a discussion session in the seminars. The events are open to registration now.Registration information (in Mandarin)
“Respect Creations: Parents and Children Having Fun Creating” is now open for registrationTIPO will host the “Respect Creations: Parents and Children Having Fun Creating” on August 2 (Sunday), 14:00-16:00, in the Taipei Zoo.This event allows parents and their children to cowork on potted plants DIY to show their creativity. There will also be stalls that combine games and competitions where visitors can acquire IPR knowledge while partaking in these fun activities. TIPO is looking forward to your participation.Registration information (in Mandarin)