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APAA’s 70th Council Meeting in Taipei Attracts 1700 IP Professionals from 71 Countries

The 70th Council Meeting of the Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA) was held in Taipei from 9th to 12th November. More than 1700 Patent Attorneys and IP professionals from 71 countries gathered to network with members, explore a wide range of IP hot topics presented in committee meetings and workshops, and celebrate APAA’s 50th anniversary together.

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新型冠狀病毒防疫方案齊備 冠群營運如常

中國爆發嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎 (簡稱武漢肺炎) ,且疫情影響亞洲各國與國際交流;台灣保持著持續與及時的因應,1月21日出現第一個確診個案前,各項防疫措施已迅速展開。

而在冠群方面,本所經營團隊於農曆年前同步規劃防疫準備,春節期間接連討論各種因應措施,收假後即持續推進所內防疫物資盤點與多項宣導/管制措施,確保同仁健康與事務所正常營運,客戶權益不受影響。

以下簡要說明所採取措施,敬請本所國內外客戶、供應商等各界合作夥伴與友人們安心!

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亞洲專利代理人協會 APAA 2019 年會 1700位國內外代理人齊聚台北

亞洲專利代理人協會(APAA)2019年年會暨第70屆國際理事會 11月9日~12日在台灣盛大舉辦,來自全球 71 個國家超過 1,700 名代理人參加,適逢 APAA 50周年,主辦方亦安排慶祝活動,讓與會者共同見證這個重要里程碑。

The 70th Council Meeting of the Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA) was held in Taipei from 9th to 12th November. More than 1700 Patent Attorneys and IP professionals from 71 countries gathered to network with members, explore a wide range of IP hot topics presented in committee meetings and workshops, and celebrate APAA’s 50th anniversary together.

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美國商標實務講座:防範搶註與電子申請

相較於台灣商標申請實務上,往往會建議客戶選擇較上位概念之規範名稱,以擴大商標保護範圍;而USPTO則傾向指定商品名稱必須符合一定程度之說明,避免有心人士惡意搶註類似商標於相似商品類別,侵害真正商標權人之商標權。

Mr. Kenny 亦談及美國商標電子申請系統(Trademark Electronic Application System, TEAS)申請流程,並分析比較該系統中三種提交方式(TEAS PLUS, TEAS Reduced Fee,以及TEAS Regular)在費用及申請流程之差異與特色。

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台灣《專利法》11月1日起 鬆綁多項限制

台灣〈專利法〉此次修法,對內配合經濟法規的鬆綁,對外因應國際規範的調整,進一步完善制度、提升審查效能,以利產業創新。其中重點內容包括:設計專利權保護期間由12年延長為15年,分割申請案之適用範圍及期限予以放寬等七項重點。

The amendment bill to Taiwan’s Patent Act recently passed by the Legislative Yuan, which extends the term of protection for design patents from 12 to 15 years, aims to create a more robust patent protection system, enhance the case review efficiency of patent remedies and promote industrial innovation.

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TIPO’s 2018 Annual Report:14 Months for Total Pendency, 8.7 months for First Action

According to the annual report newly released by TIPO (Taiwan Intellectual Property Office), there were 41,991 requests for substantive examination of invention patent applications and 39,528 disposals of them in 2018. The yearly average disposal pendency was down to 14 months for invention patents and 8.7 months for a first office action. Both have hit a ten-year low and outperformed the current records in the US and the EU.

As for design patent applications, the average pendency for a first office action and for disposal were 6.1 months and 7.4 months respectively, showing a stable trend.

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