Service invention practices in Taiwan and China


Crystal J. Chen and James H.C. Su

Service invention has become a popular issue of late. Studies of service invention have shown that more than 60 percent of inventions for which patents are filed have been discovered through work performed under the umbrella of an employment relationship.

The relevant laws and practices of Taiwan and China are summarised as follows. 


The provisions of the Taiwan Patent Act stipulate the legitimate rights and obligations for inventions that are completed in an employment or a contractual relationship, including the ownership of patent application rights and that of granted patent rights, as well as the inventor’s remuneration.

Taiwan Patent Act; SIPO; patent application; patents