TaiwanDraft act looks set to rewrite the patent landscape

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has proposed a wide range of amendments to the Patent Act, even though the current act has been in force only since July 1 2004. In February and March 2009, TIPO held a series of public hearings with practitioners and various interested groups, and eventually published a new draft Patent Act on August 3 2009. The draft act would change all but eight of the current act’s 138 articles. TIPO argues that the proposed amendments will improve Taiwan’s patent practice and facilitate future industrial developments.

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