Like in the previous news, this time we would also like to explain revisions of the Taiwanese patent law that have been approved in the end of 2011. The deadline for submission of priority documents for applications claiming priority has been extended from “4 months from the filing date” to “16 months from the earliest priority date”. The priority mentioned here refers to priorities claimed when filing in Taiwan according to the patent filing policy of the WTO members or a mutual agreement regarding priority between Taiwan and other countries. We can say that filing has become more convenient for applicants concerning the time factor.
Furthermore if the applicant did unintentionally not claim priority when filing the patent application the priority can be restored by a fixed procedure and payment of a filing fee within 16 months from the earliest priority date(Revised Article 29). The article was revised according to Article 12 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in order to achieve international harmony.