Region: Taiwan

Taiwan leaves Special 301 Priority Watch List at long last

The Office of the US Trade Representative has announced that it has removedTaiwan from the Special 301 Priority Watch List and placed it instead on the WatchList. The move reflects the Taiwanese government's substantial efforts to increaseIP protection, including the proposed creation of specialized IP courts.

15 March 2005

Guidelines for Hearings in Trademark Dispute Cases come into force

Guidelines that aim to improve the standard of decision making at the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office came into force on February 18. The new Guidelines for Hearings in Trademark Dispute Cases outline a new oral hearing procedure for trademark opposition, invalidation and revocation cases.

28 February 2005

Draft Guidelines for Hearings in Trademark Dispute Cases issued

In order to improve the standard of decision making in administrative rulings, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has published draft Guidelines for Hearings in Trademark Dispute Cases. The guidelines outline a new oral hearing procedure for trademark opposition, invalidation and revocation cases. Under the current rules, the IPO bases its decisions in such cases solely on written documents provided by the relevant parties.

18 January 2005

Taiwan may escape the 301 curse

In recognition of Taiwan's efforts to address the problem of IP piracy, the Office of the US Trade Representative has called for an out-of-cycle review of the country's position on the Special 301 Priority Watch List. The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei also supports Taiwan's removal from the list - a significant shift from its previous criticism.

25 November 2004

IPO publishes examination guidelines for unconventional marks

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has promulgated its examination guidelines for three-dimensional, colour and sound marks. The guidelines implement the parts of the new Trademark Law, which came into effect on November 28 2003, that afford protection to unconventional trademarks.

27 October 2004

New plan signals commitment to protection of IP rights

The Taiwanese government has announced a three-year plan to improve the protection of intellectual property, in order to increase the legal enforcement and public awareness of IP rights. The government is hoping that this demonstration of its commitment to IP rights will help to reopen trade negotiations with the United States.

24 September 2004

Criteria for registration of GIs as certification marks issued

The Intellectual Property Office of Taiwan has issued regulations on the Criteria for Registration of Geographical Indications as Certification Marks. The regulations implement provisions on the protection of geographical indications in the new Trademark Law, which came into effect on November 28 2003.

20 September 2004

New Commodity Labelling Law now in force

Taiwan's Commodity Labelling Law has come into force. The new law applies to all products offered for sale on the market and, among other things, requires that imported goods bear labels in Chinese that directly correspond to the labelling used at the place of origin. It is hoped that the new law will give greater protection to consumers.

15 September 2004

Taiwanese tea farmers get tough on counterfeiters

Tea farmers associations in Taiwan have announced plans to register the geographical indications Alishan and Ali Mountain as trademarks in China. It is hoped that registration, coupled with changes to the packaging of tea from the Alishan region, will help to deter counterfeiters in China.

02 September 2004

Shoe trademark case clarifies requirements for proof of use

In <i>Procter & Gamble Company v Chu</i>, the Taipei High Administrative Court has ruled that the materials filed by the defendant in a trademark cancellation action did not amount to evidence of use, even though they were all listed as examples of proof of use in the Trademark Law. The court held, among other things, that the submission of products bearing the mark at issue without any reference to the date of production was not proof of use.

08 June 2004

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