Taiwan IPO starts issuing electronic patent and trademark certificates
The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) will start allowing applications for electronic certificates for patents and trademarks on January 1, 2023. The following lists the relevant regulations:
When paying the registration fee after January 1, 2023, applicants who get an approval decision from Taiwan IPO may ask for either electronic certificates or paper certificates. Additionally, candidates may take the following steps to apply for either an electronic certificate or a paper certificate:
- Patent: applying for issuance of a replacement or a substitution of the certificate, patent assignment, inheritance, and trust registration.
- Trademark: applying for issuance of a replacement or a substitution of the registration certificate or a division of trademark right.
The government application cost for requesting an electronic certificate will not change from that for requesting a paper certificate.
Paper certificates will not be replaced by electronic certificates. When paying the registration cost, applicants will still have the option to purchase a paper certificate even after the official launch of electronic certificates in 2023. For the time being, it is doubtful that the electronic certificate will completely replace the paper certificate.
Even after obtaining an electronic certificate, applicants may still request a paper copy of the document. The applicant may pay the charge for seeking a certified copy of a document and apply for a hard copy of the patent or trademark certificate if the patent or trademark right holder needs to maintain the certificate in printed form. Anyone who already has a paper copy of the certificate cannot apply for an electronic copy, nevertheless. Instead, they may only request a certificate that confirms the patent’s or trademark’s registration status.
The electronic certificate will be issued by TIPO in an accessible PDF file format with a QR code and an anti-counterfeiting system design. It will also be digitally signed by TIPO. One can conduct a search in the TIPO Electronic Certificate Verification System to find out more information about the certificate’s authenticity or correctness, or they can simply scan the QR code to connect to the system and see the most recent case status and determine whether the certificate is still valid.
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– You could visit here to see Procedure of Taiwan Trademark Registration.
– You could visit here to check the required documents for filing trademark in Taiwan.
– You could check trademark fee in Taiwan here.
– You could also read 04 Often Questions About Filing Trademark In Taiwan here.
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