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09 October 2017
The Trade Secrets Act was enacted in 1996 and subsequently amended in 2013. To evaluate the results of implementing the amended provisions in the past four years, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) held a conference on February 22 2017, inviting representatives from the industry, the Judicial Yuan, the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Agency of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labour to further discuss amendments to the act. After consolidating relevant opinions, TIPO prepared and published the draft amendments on April 20 2017 and held a public hearing on May 5 2017.
The key points of the draft amendments are as follows:
Nonetheless, following the public hearing, the consensus is that Article 13-3 should not be revised (ie, trade secret infringement should continue to be publicly prosecuted, but not be indictable only on complaint), and that the other amendments should proceed as proposed.
TIPO will further adjust relevant provisions based on the conclusions of the meeting and provide a revised version of the draft amendments for public discussion before submitting a consensus version for amendment.
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