“Fast-Track mechanism” for Trademark Examination in Effect on May 1

To further support the rapid growth in trademark applications,  Taiwan’s IP office announced a new fast-track mechanism, in effect on May 1, to  accelerate trademark examination process. Applicants may secure their rights one and half months earlier if their applications meet five criteria, including submitting by e-filing, not non-traditional trademarks, using eATM or designated bank account for fee payment, etc.

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The Trademark Right Protection in Taiwan Customs

Protection policy for registered trademarks in Taiwan Customs: (1) filing an advice application with the Taiwan Customs by trademark proprietors; (2) when performing customs duties, if customs officers notice possible infringing goods that import/export to Taiwan, and shall notify the trademark proprietors and the importer/exporter at the same time; (3) trademark proprietors report specific import/export goods that infringe their trademark rights.

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Cooling-off period for trademarks

Cooling-off period is a period that both parties can negotiate for a settlement in the opposition stage. In practice, the purpose is to restrict the other party’s designated goods / services covered by the application during the negotiation. However, Taiwan does not have such provisions, but can file a request to postpone the examination of an opposition application based on the ongoing settlement. Herewith we summarized the relevant rules of cooling-off period in EU, UK, and Australia, and similar procedures in Taiwan.

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