商標申請 Trademark Application
“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.
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.
Trademark applications that meet the following five criteria are
eligible for the “Fast-Track cases”:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.