Monday, December 27 2021   \  Published by Deep & Far Attorneys-at-law.

TIPO introduces Industrial Collaborative Patent Examination Interview Pilot Program

Starting from November 1, 2021, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office implemented the Industrial Collaborative Patent Examination Interview Pilot Program for a one year trial period. To be eligible, an applicant must have an invention patent application that is related to advanced technologies. The application must also have a notification of entering substantive examination and also that no office action or written decision of patent examination has been issued yet. Filing for an interview for two or more invention patent applications is allowed if the applicants involved are the same, and there is a limit of up to 10 invention patent applications for this program. Advanced technologies are defined as inventions in the fields of stem cell-based regenerative medicines, medical care informatics, Micro LED display, neural networks, 3nm semiconductor processes, twisted bilayer graphene, third-generation semi-conductor materials, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, blockchain, 3D printing, as well as other specific technologies to be determined by examiners on a case-by case basis. An interview will be initiated by an examiner if the examiner decides that the patent examination is related to one of the advanced technology categories, or if the applicant has already applied for an interview formally and the invention fits the abovementioned criteria. 2 The program is intended to improve the process whereby the patent examiners can understand the technical contents of the invention patent applications more efficiently, which in turn will enable the applicants to receive their patents more rapidly. 

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