Heading South: Exploring IP Protection Strategies with Experts from Southeast and South Asian Countries

TIPO (The Intellectual Property Office) and TWPAA (Taiwan Patent Attorneys Association) organized a seminar on “IP Landscape in New Southbound Countries” and invited the intellectual property office officials and patent attorneys, from Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India, to give incisive introductions to the current patent system each country, including application requirements, patent examination practices, the time limit for OA response, patent term, IP enforcement systems, etc.

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南韓《專利法》修法: 3 倍懲罰性賠償 + 逆轉舉證責任

韓國《專利法》修法導入懲罰性賠償制度,自2019年7月9日起,侵害他人專利權、或專屬授權的行為若是出於故意 (intentional infringement of patent rights or exclusive license),法院得科以懲罰性賠償,金額最高可達認定損失的 3 倍,除了充分賠償受害人,更意在遏止產業歪風—–不肯協商(支付)合理權利金,而是先侵權再說。

Korea has officially adopted punitive damages for willful infringements of a patent right or a trade secret. Effective July 9, 2019, any intentional infringement of a patent right or its exclusive license in Korea shall be imposed punitive damages. The amount is up to three times the damages recognized by the court…….

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專利情報再升級 — Derwent 2019 創新與企業經營峰會8月1日台北登場

企業尋求持續成長,跨領域發展乃必經歷程,而成功轉型的重要基礎,有賴完整蒐集情報資料、正確分析數據,並適切整合總體產業與經濟情勢,逐步建立獨到且可靠決策觀點。智財團隊如何由原本保護創新成果的單純角色,進一步升級為支持關鍵決策的情資精兵?它山之石,可以攻玉。

日本化學企業龍頭三菱化學研究公司(Mitsubishi Chemical Research)的理事 德野 肇(Tokuno Hajime)先生來台,分享他們的創新與智權戰略—-「專利技術情報分析的再升級,建構集團可共享的智庫資源」。

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台專利局2018年報:8.7個月發初審通知、14個月審結

經濟部智慧財產局近期公開2018年工作成果,根據年報統計,發明專利申請方面,全年 41,991件實體審查,結案 39,528 件,初審首次通知平均需時 8.7 個月,審結平均需時 14 個月,審查效率穩步提升,已然超越歐美紀錄。設計專利申請方面,初審首次通知平均需時 6.1 個月 ,審結平均需時 7.4 個月,維持近年穩定水準。

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.

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韓「營業秘密」保護升級:放寬秘密要件 + 擴大究責範圍 +加重民刑責 + 三倍懲罰性賠償

韓國國會 2018 年 12 月通過 《專利法》修法的同時,也通過《不正競爭防止及營業秘密保護法》修法,除了同步導入懲罰性賠償制度,考量營業秘密所有人提告過程遭遇的實務困境,一併放寬了營業秘密的成立要件、擴大究責範圍、並加重民事與刑事罰則,從而為營業秘密提供更完善保護,尤其是協助中小企業抵禦大型企業的技術掠奪。

《不正競爭防止及營業秘密保護法(Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act)》(以下簡稱UCPA)將於 2019 年 7 月 9 日正式生效,相關條款適用於生效後產生的營業秘密侵害案件,不能溯及既往。

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Korea Introduces Treble Damages in Infringement Cases and Reverses the Burden of Proof

Korea has officially adopted punitive damages for willful infringements of a patent right or a trade secret. Effective July 9, 2019, any intentional infringement of a patent right or its exclusive license in Korea shall be imposed punitive damages. The amount is up to three times the damages recognized by the court. The adoption of punitive measures is to ensure that the infringed right holders can be fully compensated and to curb unethical business practices in which competing market players prefer to infringing and paying damages, rather than negotiating and paying the appropriate licensing fees as provided by law.

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