The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has now made pre-grant legal status and transaction data (gazette information) for documents since 1950 available in English. The information, which was previously only available in Chinese language, has now been integrated into the English interface of the TWPAT database. The detailed content of the information is generated by machine translation.
In the TWPAT database, links to machine-translated "transaction data" (gazette information) and "status" (pre-grant) have been added to the bibliographic information of the A publications. Like before, the English "patent right change" (post-grant) information, is displayed together with the bibliographic data of granted patents (B documents).
The transaction data is updated in line with the publication frequency of the gazette; legal status is updated daily. However, the English source is updated monthly and abstracts are delayed for about 2 months. Consequently, in order to avoid gaps, it is still recommended to cross-check the legal status information with the Chinese version. Please refer also to TIPO's official announcement.
The EPO's step-by-step guide for searching English legal status information in TIPO's database has been updated to reflect these changes.