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Quick Review of Taiwan Patent System

PATENT APPLICATION
     

 

 

 

Types of Patent

1. Invention Patent
2. Utility Model
3. Design

   

Required Information

Applicant's name, nationality, address and representative; inventor's name and nationality; priority country, date and number.

   
Required Documents 1.Invention - Foreign language (English or Japanese, etc.) Specification (including Abstract and Claims), plus any Drawings
2.Utility Model - Foreign language (English or Japanese, etc.) Specification (including Abstract and Claims) and Drawings
3.Design - Foreign language (English or Japanese, etc.) Specification and Drawings
4.Chinese Specification and Drawings *
5.Power of Attorney *
6.Priority document **
*can be filed within 4 months from the filing date (extensible to 6 months maximum)
**can be filed within 16 months for invention and utility model (or 10 months for design) from the earliest priority date (non-extensible)
 

 

Examination

 

 

 

 

Invention Patent

Request for examination (can be filed at the same time of filing or within 3 year from the filing date)

 

Utility Model

Formality examination

 

Design

Automatic examination

 

 

Examination Period

Invention - about 15 to 36 months depending on the technical field of the patent application. If necessary, AEP or PPH request can be filed to expedite the examination
Utility Model – about 6 months
Design – about 8 to 12 months

Publication Period

Nil

Opposition

Nil

Invalidation

After the issuance of the Letters Patent

Patent Marking

Required

 

 

Term of Patent

 

 

 

 

Invention Patent

Starting from the publication date, valid for 20 years from the filing date

 

Utility Model

Starting from the publication date, valid for 10 years from the filing date

 

Design

Starting from the publication date, valid for 12 years from the filing date

 

 

Annuity Payment

To be paid only for allowed application and granted patent due on each anniversary of the publication date, with a normal grace period of six months if the annuity is not paid by the due date. If the patentee has unintentionally failed to pay a patent annuity within a normal grace period, the patentee may apply for reinstatement of the patent rights within one year from the due date of the normal grace period by paying triple the amount of patent annuity.

   

 

 

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