The TIPO accepted 18,176 new patent applications in Q2 2015, a decrease of 2.37% compared to the same period last year, wherein 10,554 were invention patent applications increased slightly by 0.88% from the same period in 2014. The number of invention patent applications filed by foreign applicants increased by 8.30% to 6,527, while the number of application filed by domestic applicants decreased by 9.20% to 4,027.
Breakdown by nationality of foreign applicants for invention patent applications, Japan (2,721) continued to top the chart, followed by the U.S. (1,853), South Korea (399), Germany (304) and the mainland China (298). The applications by South Korean fell 20.99% while those from Japanese, the American and the mainland Chinese grew 2.25%、28.24% and 10.78%, respectively.
With respect to examination performance, the backlog was decreased by 24.31% to 86,503 cases, the average pendency for the first office action was shortened to 18.82 months, and the average period for disposal was shortened to 26.97 months.