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As announced in an earlier update, the Taiwan Patent Office (TIPO) launched new versions of its website in May 2013. Following this relauch, the English and Chinese interfaces of the official Taiwan Patent Search (TWPAT) database have now also been redesigned. On TWPAT, users can search in the data for Taiwanese patents, utility models and designs free of charge. In addition to bibliographic data, English abstracts and original documents, users can retrieve legal status information, citation information and machine-readable text data. With the relaunch, the update and coverage of the system remains the same. However, some new features such as an "alert" and a "save file history" function have been made available to registered users.
On TWPAT, some information can only be accessed via the Chinese interface. Therefore, the EPO provides easy search guides, showing step by step how to search the database even without knowing the language. The search guides for TWPAT have already been updated to reflect the recent changes to the interfaces. You can find these and other guides on searching Asian databases in the "Chinese Taipei - Searching in databases" section of the EPO's virtual helpdesk on Asian patent information.