TIPO promulgated the amended “Examination Guidelines for Patent Term Extension”, effective from January 1, 2013.  Highlights of the amended Guidelines are summarized as follows:

  1. Extenders, auxiliary agents, cosmetics and health foods are listed as examples of ineligible subjects for patent term extension in addition to the veterinary drugs set forth in Article 53 of Taiwan Patent Act.
  2. The recorded exclusive licensee is newly added as eligible applicant for the patent term extension.