Between January 2014 and October 2014, there were a total of 599 patent applications took advantage of the accelerated examination program (AEP), where 343 were by Taiwanese applicants and 256 were by foreign applicants.  The top four foreign applicant nationalities were: Japan, 142; U.S.A., 44: Germany, 13; and South Korea, 12.  There were 400 applications under Category 1 (i.e., the corresponding application has been approved by a foreign patent authority after substantive examination), and the first office action thereof (including examination opinions and final decisions) was given in an average of 72.9 days.   Under Category 2 (i.e., the EPO, JPO or USPTO has issued an OA and search report during substantive examination but has not yet approved the application’s foreign counterpart), there were 23 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 82.5 days.  Under Category 3 (i.e., the invention application is essential to commercial exploitation), there were 139 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 142.2 days.  Under Category 4 (i.e., inventions related to green technologies), there were 35 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 88.5 days.  As for requesting AEP on the basis of foreign counterparts, there were 436 applications, in which 415 applications were based on Category 1, and 21 applications were under Category 2.  In terms of the foreign counterpart, the top four were USPTO, 265 (60.78%); JPO, 100 (22.94%); EPO, 23 (5.28%); and SIPO, 20 (4.59%).