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From 1 January 2014 onwards, the Taiwan Patent Office (TIPO) has included green technology patent applications in its Accelerated Examination Program (AEP). The AEP was originally launched in January 2009 for a one-year trial period and then further amended in 2010 and 2013.
According to an official notice on TIPO's English website, the office has adopted a broad definition of green technologies in order to encourage patent applicants to make use of the AEP. An invention patent application will qualify for the AEP, if the technology relates to energy savings, new energies, vehicles powered by new energies, or carbon reduction. Further information on the conditions which have to be met to apply for TIPO's Accelerated Examination Program can be found on TIPO's English website.