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Draft rules for pharmaceuticals cause concern

Taiwan24-11-2016Phoebe Yeh

On August 4, 2016, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (the executive branch of central government) passed a draft amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (Amendment), which was proposed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. This amendment was drafted in response to Taiwan’s negotiations on joining the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

New rules for patent infringement assessment

Taiwan03-10-2016Crystal Chen

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office revised the “Directions for Patent Infringement Assessment” in February with considerable modifications. The document has been renamed as the “Directions for Determining Patent Infringement”.

Taiwan: Protection of trade dress

Taiwan09-08-2016Victor Lee and Crystal Chen

In Taiwan, the appearance of a product can be subject to intellectual property protection such as a design patent, trademark, copyright or, specifically, trade dress under the Fair Trade Act.

The role of the IP Court in patent invalidation

Taiwan20-05-2016Crystal Chen and Jesse Peng

If the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) and the Appeal Board of the Ministry of Economic Affairs both reject and dismiss a third-party action for patent invalidation, the petitioner may bring the case to the Intellectual Property Court (IPC) and submit new supporting evidence.

Customer data and trade secrets

Taiwan10-08-2015Crystal Chen

Online job banks continue to play an important role in the employee recruitment market due to their convenience and the accelerated growth of the internet. A typical business model of a job bank is that it offers online space for job applicants to upload their resumes. It’s free, so the job bank can collect as many resumes as possible.

Can similarity between words and devices exist?

Taiwan01-05-2013Crystal Chen and Iris Lin

If you ever visit Taiwan, you will not want to miss the famous ice dessert, so-called ‘frog eggs’ or ‘pearls in sweet sauce’, available in the night markets.

What has changed for patent damages?


Some major changes to damage claims for patent infringement have been made under Taiwan’s newly amended Patent Act.

Patent term extension explained

Taiwan01-02-2013Crystal J. Chen and Candy K.Y. Chen

The new Patent Act came into effect on January 1, 2013. The new act contains some amendments to regulations governing patent term extension.

The final countdown to the new Taiwan Patent Act

Taiwan01-12-2012Candy Chen and Crystal Chen

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has announced that the effective date of the Amendment to the Taiwan Patent Act will fall on January 1, 2013. We summarise the important changes.

Utility models under the new Patent Act

Taiwan01-10-2012Candy Chen and Crystal Chen

Utility model patents, along with invention and design patents, are three kinds of patent rights protected under the Taiwan Patent Act.

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