July 02 2012
In addition to the Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as of January 2010, TIPO has been implementing the Implementation Plan for Expedited Examination of Invention Patent Applications. Under this plan, an applicant may apply for expedited examination of its application, based on any of the following reasons:
In principle, for a request filed based on the first reason TIPO may issue an examination notification (an office action or decision) within six months of the submission of all required documents for such expedited examination.
For a request filed based on the second reason, TIPO may issue an examination notification within six months (where the claims of the foreign case and the Taiwanese case are identical) or nine months (where the claims of the foreign case and the Taiwanese case are different) of submission of all required documents.
In case of an expedited examination request filed based on the third reason, TIPO may issue an examination notification within nine months of submission of all required documents. However, the actual examination time needed will depend on the technology involved. According to TIPO statistics, from January to November 2011 a total of 1,273 requests for expedited examination were filed with TIPO. Among these requests:
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