EPO 2018:專利申請 ↑5%、發證 ↑21%、積案 ↓三成

歐洲專利局 (EPO) 2019年3月12日發布了《2018年年報 (Annual Report 2018)》,內容顯示去年 EPO 總計收到174,317 筆歐洲專利 (EP) 申請 ,較 2017 年成長4.6%,續創歷史新高,專利申請數增加最快的,來自生命科學、生技及製藥領域,平均年成長率達13%。

若以第一專利申請人的居住地 (the country of residence of the first applicant listed on the application form) 來看,近半數 (47%) 申請來自歐洲專利組織 (European Patent Organisation) 38個會員國,其中德國以 26,734 筆 (15%) 申請獨占鰲頭,遙遙領先排名居次的法國 10,317 筆 (6%) 、瑞士 7,927 筆 (5%)。德國專利申請數年增幅 (4.7%) 為 10 年來最高,主要歸功於汽車相關(如感測器、量測裝置)產業的蓬勃發展。

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IP Star 評鑑:冠群保持同業領先地位

權威智財雜誌 Managing Intellectual Property 《知識財產權管理》6月公布年度評鑑 IP Star的最新結果,在專利申請業務領域的台灣區評比,冠群連續第6年名列 Tier 1 (最高等級)事務所。

For the sixth year in a row, Top Team has been ranked “Tier 1” by Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS for its “Patent prosecution” practice in Taiwan and overseas.

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錢伯斯亞太法律服務指南:冠群名列首選事務所

全球知名法律服務評鑑機構 Chambers and Partners 於 2018年11月 底發行的 2019 年度全球法律服務指南 (Chambers Global) 及亞太區指南 (Chambers Asia Pacific) ,其中「智慧財產:專利及商標事務所」台灣區評比,冠群名列 Band 1(首選),所長洪澄文、副所長吳珮琪則分別名列傑出從業代表 (Eminent Practitioner) 及 Band 1 首選專家。冠群自2012年參與 Chambers and Partners 評鑑調查以來,在專利申請業務領域,一直保持著台灣區領先地位。

Top Team has been ranked “Band 1” in the practice area of “Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Agents in Taiwan” by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2012, and by Chambers Global since 2018. Additionally, our founder and owner Henry Hong has been recognized as the “Eminent Practitioner” since 2015, as well as our managing director Peggy Wu, the “Band 1” lawyer since 2017.

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Newly Passed Amendment to Taiwan’s Patent Law: Relaxation of D.A. Requirement, Longer Term of Design Protection, Revised Invalidation Procedure

The amendment bill to Taiwan’s Patent Act approved by the Executive Yuan in late 2018 was passed on April 16, 2019, by the Legislative Yuan. It extends the term of protection for design patents from 12 to 15 years. The bill, originally proposed by the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) early last year, 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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網路成為全球仿冒品增長之溫床

網路購物已成為現代人生活不可或缺的一部分,不肖業者看準消費者下單前無法確認商品品質之可趁之機,大膽傾銷仿冒品,此舉不僅影響正版品牌之營收,尤其侵害其商譽。根據全球仿冒品《Global Brand Counterfeiting Report》報告顯示,2017年仿冒品之總額高達1.2兆美元,而同年因仿冒品販賣於全球網路上而讓真正的品牌損失了3230億美元。

仿冒品的流竄,可能透過各種電商平台或社群網站販賣,如: ebay、Amazon、Facebook、淘寶網、露天拍賣、蝦皮購物等。

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