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Applications for patents, utility models, designs and trade marks filed by non-residents at the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) increased by about 8% in 2011, which shows a growing interest of foreign applicants in this region. There are a number of features that distinguish Taiwanese patent law and the patent system from those operating in China, Japan, Korea or India.

This area provides background information on the patent system, offers guidance on other patent documentation essentials, and also provides statistics on local filing trends and grant figures. See the Searching in databases section for tips on how to search TIPO's free sources of patent information.


Answers to common questions about Taiwanese patents and patent information. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, you can write to us using our form.

Grant procedure

A flowchart overview of the most important steps in TIPO's procedures from filing an application to the grant of a patent.

Useful terms

Some common patent terms in Chinese, Western transcription and English translation.

Facts and figures

Developments in filing figures and application trends at TIPO.

Numbering system

An introduction to the most important document types (including kind codes) and explanations of the formats for document numbers.

Searching in databases

Tips and tricks for using free Chinese data sources without knowing the language. Simple, step-by-step search guides demonstrate how to make the most of the wealth of data available in original Chinese databases.

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