【冠群電子報】2020年7月號

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商標申請 Trademark Application

商標審查「快軌機制」上路!

申請註冊省時又經濟

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

台灣商標註冊申請案量快速增加,臺灣智慧財產局(TIPO)為了加強服務,宣布2020年5月起推行商標審查案的快軌機制(Fast Track),只要符合電子申請、平面商標、無自訂名稱、線上繳費等五個條件,無須另外填申請,就能夠縮短排審時間約 1.5 個月、並減免2成規費。

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. 

近年來因商標註冊申請案件快速增加,2019年全年案量累計達86,794件/111,681類,時有申請人反映審查期間過長,進而影響企業利用商標推展業務及布局的時程。對此,臺灣智慧財產局(TIPO)參考歐盟智慧財產局(EUIPO)的「商標快速審查機制(FAST TRACK)」及日本特許廳(JPO)的「快速通道審查(ファストトラック審査)」等外國制度,於2020年5月1日針對商標註冊申請案件審查也建立「快軌機制」,以鼓勵申請人利用電子申請,並加速審查流程。

 In 2019, there were 86,794 trademark applications in Taiwan, covering 111,681 classes. That hit a record high in 19 years. Along with the rapidly growing of trademark applications in recent years, applicants reflect that the current examination pendency would sometimes delay their trademark use in promoting business and planning layout.

Under this circumstance, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has referred to foreign Fast-Track mechanisms, such as the “FAST TRACK” established by EU Trademark Office (EUIPO) and the “快速通道審查(ファストトラック審査)” established by Japan’s Patent Office (JPO), and implemented a new “Fast-Track mechanism” for trademark applications from May 1, 2020, to speed up the examination process and also encourage applicants to utilize TIPO’s e-filing system.



現在商標申請案只要完全符合以下五項條件,即屬於「快軌案」:

Trademark applications that meet the following five criteria are

eligible for the “Fast-Track cases”:

  1. 電子申請(排除紙本申請);
  2. 平面商標(排除非傳統商標、證明標章、團體標章與團體商標);
  3. 全部指定以電子申請系統參考名稱為商品服務項目(排除自訂名稱);
  4. 線上繳費(僅限利用約定帳戶扣繳、電子申請繳費單帳號以eATM繳交及列印電子申請繳費單持單繳費等三種繳費方式);及
  5. 委任代理人者,應檢附委任狀。
  1. using the E-filing system (excluding paper filing applications);
  2. filing for only traditional plain trademarks (excluding non-traditional trademarks, certification marks, collective membership marks and collective trademarks);
  3. all descriptions of designated goods or services conforming to those listed in e-filing system (excluding terms created by oneself.);
  4. fee paid via online payment (Three payment methods are available: paid through a designated bank account, via e-ATM, or paid by an electronic payment sheet in printout form ); and
  5. power of attorney submitted if there is a local trademark agent appointed.

目前實務上一般案件排審期間約在申請後5至5.5個月左右,而「快軌案」估計排審期間約在3.5至4個月之間;故申請人就「快軌案」可較一般申請案提早約 1.5 個月知悉案件是否得獲准註冊。

The present examination pendency of a regular trademark application averagely takes 5 to 5.5 months after filing. The “Fast-Track case” is estimated to take around 3.5 to 4 months. Applicants with “Fast-Track cases” would expect to know whether their cases can be registered about 1.5 months earlier.

此外,因「快軌案」符合「電子申請」搭配「指定電子申請系統參考名稱為商品服務項目」之規費減免優惠,基本規費減幅可達2成,對於申請人而言不但省時更相對節省成本,是我國商標申請註冊程序的一大利多。故在商標布局上如有須快速取得商標保護之需求,歡迎多加利用「快軌機制」,就案件申請程序問題或指定商品或服務類別規劃等需求,歡迎逕與本所聯繫。

In addition, an up to 20 percent discount will be given to “Fast-Track cases” because the TIPO offers that to any e-filing application with all its descriptions conforming to those listed in e-filing system. Therefore, this type of applications is not only time-efficient but also cost-saving.

If applicants wish to obtain their trademark protection earlier, the new time-efficient and cost-saving ” Fast-Tract mechanism” is highly recommended. If you have any inquires about the application procedures or you need any assistance in planning the designated goods/services for your trademark, please contact us at mailroom@top-team.com.tw.