Green technologies eligible for accelerated programme


Crystal J. Chen

Environmental and natural resource preservation has become an important issue for governments.

Any energy or water solutions that are safe, clean, recyclable, and efficient could be deemed ‘green’ inventions. It is believed that possessing green inventions equates to employing cutting-edge technology, which can ensure the future competitiveness and promising development of a company.

Applicants wanting to patent their inventions can benefit from the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s (TIPO) accelerated examination programme (AEP), which has now been extended to include green technologies.

The AEP was launched on January 1, 2009 and was revised on January 1, 2010. Applicants for patents for eligible inventions may apply for accelerated examination as soon as they receive the examination or re-examination notification of the pending application from the TIPO. Starting from January 1, 2014, a new admissible condition has been added to the AEP to allow green technology-related inventions also to be eligible for accelerated examination.

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