Tuesday, February 15 2022   \  Published by Deep & Far Attorneys-at-law.

Taiwan and South Korea Sign MOU on Design Patent Priority Document Exchange

Taiwan and Korea signed an MOU on Electronic Exchange of Priority Document (PDX) for Design Patents on November 12, 2021 following the collaboration between Taiwan and Japan on Design Patent Priority Document Exchange in 2019.  Through bilateral cooperation between the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office, applicants are exempt from submitting priority documents in hard copy.  Priority Documents are needed in the event that a further patent application is filed with a priority claim.  Under the MOU on the Exchange of Industrial Property Information and the Electronic Exchange of Priority Documents signed in 2015, the PDX program has been applicable to invention and utility model patent applications.  As the aforementioned program has been put to extensive use by applicants from both countries since its implementation, TIPO and KIPO have decided to include design patent priority documents in the program. Once implemented, it can save time on mailing paperwork, streamline cross-country application procedures, and make the priority document exchange mechanism more comprehensive and robust. Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law


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