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2012-12-17
Patent and Trademark Applications TIPO Received in 2011 from Foreign Applicants

Patent and Trademark Applications TIPO Received in 2011 from Foreign Applicants

  • Date Posted:2012-02-17

The number of foreign filings for patent application and trademark registration received by TIPO in 2011 has shown a significant increase of 8% over those received in the previous year. This increase indicates that the world has given weight to Taiwan’s trade capacity and reshaped their business strategy and deployment in response to Taiwan’s growing economic impact. 
With respect to patent filings, the number of foreign applications in 2011 totaled 30,767, which is 2,380 more than in 2010 (28,387), marking a growth rate of 8.4%. As compared with 2010, the most significant increase of foreign patent filings in 2011 came from Asian countries. Among the top three patent filing foreign countries, Japan has ranked first for many consecutive years and in 2011 it hit a record high of 13,366 applications, wherein the number for invention patent totaled 11,833, marking a growth rate of 18.5% over 2010 (9,984), revealing the country’s eagerness in patent deployment in the Taiwan market. In contrast, although the United States has ranked number 2 for many consecutive years, with 7,715 applications in 2011, there has been a slight decline in its filing number for the past 5 years. This decline is mainly due to the shift of patent deployment to mainland China. As for South Korea, the dramatic decline in its patent filing number in 2009 and 2010 was attributed to the economic downturn. However, the country has been catching up and returned to its third ranking in 2011 with 1,787 applications. It is also noteworthy that applications filed by mainland China in 2011 totaled 1,329, which is the first time that the number exceeds 1,000. This increase accounts for a 76% growth than in 2010 and a growth of 2.7 times for the past 5 years, indicating mainland China’s fast and eager patent deployment in the Taiwan market. 
With respect to trademark application for registration, the number of foreign applications totaled 16,725 in 2011, which is 1,227 more than in 2010 (15,498), marking a growth rate of 7.9%. Applications filed by the top 10 applicants totaled 13,769, which accounts for 82.3% of all foreign applications. As compared with 2010, the most significant increase in 2011 came from European countries and the U.S. Among the top three foreign filing countries, the number of applications for trademark registration from the U.S. ranked second after Japan in 2009 and 2010 as a result of the economic downturn. In 2011, the U.S. reclaimed the top spot with 3,737 applications, whereas Japan came second with 3,542 applications filed in the same year. Mainland China has ranked third for four consecutive years with 1,968 applications in 2011, which accounts for a 22.8% increase over the previous year. As for South Korea, the country filed 648 trademark applications in 2010 but merely 580 in 2011, which accounts for a 10.5% decrease and a fall in three places from number 5 to number 8. 
In all, Taiwan not only promises a diverse and open environment for investment but also a well-established legal system that is fully consistent with international IP practices. These niches will add new momentum to Taiwan’s ever-growing attraction to foreign countries in the affairs of patent and trademark application.

Source : Intellectual Property Office

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