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TIPO’s Q3 2020 IPR Statistics Report - 2020.11.13

In 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.

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  • Invention 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.

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Taiwan Intellectual Property Office-News-TIPO’s Q3 2020 IPR Statistics Report

 

September 1: TIPO introduces operational directions for third parties to participate in patent examination process - 2020.09.25

TIPO 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.

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Taiwan Intellectual Property Office-News-September 1: TIPO introduces operational directions for third parties to participate in patent examination process

Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Patent Applications come into force on September 1 - 2020.09.15

On 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.

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Taiwan Intellectual Property Office-News-Operational Directions for the Processing of Third-Party Observations on Patent Applications come into force on September 1 (tipo.gov.tw)

TIPO Releases IPR Statistics for the First Half of 2020 - 2020.08.11

In 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%.

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Taiwan Intellectual Property Office-News-TIPO Releases IPR Statistics for the First Half of 2020

 

The provisions governing matters relating to patent applications are relaxed after promulgation of the amended Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act - 2020.07.27

On 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.

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Taiwan Intellectual Property Office-News-The provisions governing matters relating to patent applications are relaxed after promulgation of the amended Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act (tipo.gov.tw)
 

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