TIPO reduces design patent costs

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has listened to industry representatives claiming that design patents costs are high considering Taiwan’s economic scale. While Taiwan has seen an increase in invention applications, the number of design patent applications has steadily decreased, despite an initial reduction in fees in January 2011. Given that Taiwan’s industry is primarily made up of small- and medium-sized businesses, high fees are contributing to stifling innovation and creativity.

As a result, Director General of TIPO Wang Mei-hua has announced another significant reduction in design patent fees. Beginning July 1, 2011, annuities (the maintenance fee paid each year for the twelve years that a Taiwanese design patent is valid) were reduced by over fifty percent. TIPO hopes that the reduction will stimulate Taiwan’s creative and cultural industry and will offer financially disadvantaged businesses the ability to afford the design patent costs.

While the reduction is available to all design patent applications granted by TIPO, further reductions are given to natural persons and local schools, as well as foreign schools and small- and medium-sized businesses after approval of a written application filed with TIPO.

The following table outlines the changes:

Year

Previous   Annuity Fees

 

Reduced   Annuity Fees

 

(Regular   Patentee)

Patentee   of natural person, school, etc.

1

2500

800

0

2

2500

800

0

3

2500

800

0

4

3500

2000

800

5

3500

2000

800

6

3500

2000

800

7

5000

3000

3000

8

5000

3000

3000

9

5000

3000

3000

10

5000

3000

3000

11

5000

3000

3000

12

5000

3000

3000

* Figures given in TWD

The reduced fees will also make Taiwan more competitive in the global market for intellectual property protection, as only EU and Korean fees are cheaper:

Country

Total amount of official fees

Japan

60,742

China

54,763

USA

40,326

Australia

25,509

Taiwan (after adjustment)

24,400

EU (OHIM)

18,744

South Korea

16,740

 

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