Thursday, December 2 2021   \  Published by Deep & Far Attorneys-at-law.

TIPO Announces Full Implementation of Fast-Track Trademark Examination Program

On May 1st, 2020, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office initiated a pilot run for the fast-track trademark examination program.  Due to the positive results of the program, such as the average processing time of the first office action being about 1.5 months shorter than those not filed under the program, TIPO decided to make the program permanent one year later on May 1st, 2021.  In the first year of the program, more than 50,000 fast-track applications were filed, and those applications accounted for about 60% of the number of new applications filed.  This shows a positive acceptance and understanding by the applicants about the program.  The fast-track program uses the e-filing system and the names of the designated goods or services listed in the e-filing system, and it needs the applicants to have all the necessary documents ready before filing and pay the fees shortly after.  It also illustrates the demand among applicants to have a shorter examination process.  There is also a fee-based accelerated examination mechanism under discussion for those applicants unable to utilize the fast-track system.  This is part of TIPO’s aim to provide diversified measures to fulfill the needs of applicants.


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