The TIPO had accepted a total of 817 applications for expedited examination as of the end of March 2014 since the launch of the Taiwan-Japan Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program in May 2012. Both countries have agreed to extend the program for another three years starting from May 1, 2014, and relaxed the application requirements. Under the new Pilot Program, an applicant of either country may request to participate in the PPH with the other country’s Patent Bureau after the Patent Bureau of its country has issued the examination result first.

Wade Huang