Taiwan is emerging as an innovation hub in Asia. Below, you’ll find a quick guide about the filing procedures, routes and fees for Patent Filing in Taiwan.
Patent Filing in Taiwan: The Routes
For patent filing in Taiwan, you have 2 options:
1. Direct Filing with the Taiwanese Intellectual Property Office (TIPO)
- This route allows you to file a patent application with the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) of Taiwan. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Republic of China (ROC) administers this office.
- Hence, the patent shall be valid in Taiwan only.
2. Using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)
- Taiwan is not a member country of international treaties like the PCT or the Paris Convention.
- But, you can use the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).
- It provides an accelerated patent prosecution process for multi-country filings. It involves sharing of information between the participating patent offices.
- If you file an application in a country, for e.g. USA, you can use the PPH for your application in Taiwan. USPTO will share its information about the application process with TIPO.
- Thus, this will ease the examination workload for TIPO and improve the speed of the patent process.
Filing Requirements (TIPO): Overview
According to Article 25, Section 2, Chapter 2 of the Taiwan Patent Act, your application must be in Traditional Chinese. However, you can file a patent in another language and then submit a Chinese translation within 4 months. This deadline can be extended by 2 months.
The required set of documents for your patent application is:
- A formal request for grant of Patent
- Drawings (wherever necessary)
Foreign applicants with no domicile or business establishment in ROC must appoint a Patent Agent for all patent procedures.
Filing Options (TIPO)
You can file your application using the e-filing system.
Patent Fees: Overview
|Type of Fees||Amount|
|Filing of an invention application||NT$3500|
|Substantive examination of an invention application||NT$7000|
|Additional Charge for Specification||NT$800 per claim (in excess of 10 claims) NT$500 per 50 pages (in excess of 50 pages)|
For more information, visit Schedule of Patents