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New Guidelines on Inventive Step Examination of Invention Patent in Taiwan - 2018.05.23

By Lewis C. Y. Ho of Lewis & Davis Patent Attorneys Office, Taiwan

Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) announced a new version of Section III “Inventive Step” of Chapter III “”Patentability of Part II “Substantive Examination” of “The Patent Examination Guidelines for Invention Patents”, which is briefly called as “New Examination Guidelines on Inventive Step of Invention Patent” (NEGISIP) hereinafter, and took it effective as of July 1, 2017.

The major issues of the amendment provisions comprises (1) the prerequisites for determination of inventive step, (2) the definition of a person who has general knowledge pertains to in the invention (“person skilled in the art” or “ordinary skilled person”), (3) examination principles for determination of inventive step and so on, (4) examination principles for determination of inventive step, as well as matters concerning examination on inventive step, which are briefly introduced as followings.。(APAA e-Newsletter)...more

TIPO and the EUIPO signed an MOU on bilateral IPR cooperation - marking a new milestone for bilateral cooperation! - 2018.02.13

On 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...https://www.tipo.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=658917&ctNode=6687&mp=2

TIPO launches the Global Patent Search System (GPSS) on January 1, 2018 - 2018.02.12

TIPO 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. For more information, please visit:

TIPO and the EUIPO signed an MOU on bilateral IPR cooperation - marking a new milestone for bilateral cooperation! - 2018.01.17

To 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.

Taiwan and the UK sign an MOU on the deposit of biological materials for the purposes of patent procedure - 2018.01.02

On November 29, 2017, Director General Hong Shu-min of the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) embarked on a visit to the UK. During her visit, she signed an MOU on the deposit of biological materials for the purposes of patent procedure with Chief Executive Officer Tim Moss of the Intellectual Property Office of the UK.

TIPO has always attached great importance to facilitating cooperation on the deposit of biological materials with other countries, which is in line with one of Taiwan’s major policies to promote the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. As most patent applications filed to TIPO by UK nationals or companies are in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, and as the number of application has been on the increase in recent years, TIPO approached the UK IPO on its initiative to explore the possibility of working together on this front. After years of hard work, the two offices finally signed in London on December 1, 2017, the MOU, which has come into effect immediately. This is yet another milestone for TIPO, further expanding its cooperation with other IP authorities, after it facilitated the signing of a similar MOU between Taiwan and Japan in 2015.

On December 1, 2017, TIPO and the UK IPO also held a heads meeting to exchange views on issues of mutual concern, including measures to combat online copyright infringement and to improve the quality of patent examination, Taiwan’s online patent application system, and the post-Brexit impact on IP matters. The two sides both agreed to continue their dialogue and have discussions on issues such as IP support for SMEs through desktop video conferences in the future...https://www.tipo.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=653420&ctNode=6687&mp=2

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