Friday, January 26 2024   \  Published by Deep & Far Attorney.

Taiwan Introduces the Accelerated Design Patent Examination Pilot Program

Taiwan Introduces the Accelerated Design Patent Examination Pilot Program

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has introduced their Accelerated Design Patent Examination Pilot Program to provide a more flexible examination process for design patent applications. Following are some of the conditions for applicants to be aware of:

1. Applicants shall provide documents to show that a third party has used the design commercially backed up by a timeline and third party details. The applicant should submit evidence such as product catalogs, newspapers or magazines.

2. Applicants who have won known domestic or international design awards shall provide relevant documents including a certificate bearing the applicant’s name and appearance of the subject design. Design awards such as the Golden Pin Design Award (Taiwan), iF Design Award (Germany), Red Dot Design Award (Germany), Good Design Award (Japan), and the International Design Excellence Award (USA) all qualify.

3. Design patent applications from startup companies that are registered and established for less than 8 years can qualify. If the applicant is a non-Taiwanese company, proof of establishment date (and Chinese language translation) shall be required. Also, a startup company can only apply for Accelerated Design Patent Examination for a maximum of 3 cases in the same year.

4. The program is applicable once the TIPO has notified the applicant that an application is about to enter substantive examination or re-examination.

5. TIPO expects to render examination results within 2 months at the latest after the application form and necessary documents are submitted in full. The trial period of the program runs until December 31, 2024. The TIPO will determine whether to continue implementation or modify the program after the trial period. Deep & Far

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