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TIPO to Reduce Design Patent Annuities

by Anita Li, NAIP Editorial

On 1 July 2011, new patent annuities for Taiwan design patents will go into effect. The draft of the new fee structure was presented at a public hearing on 22 March in order to collect general opinions and feedback before submission to the Taiwan Executive Yuan to finalize the draft.

Goal: Increase Design Patent Applications
At the public hearing, Director General of TIPO Wang Mei-hua stated that, although the number of invention patent applications has steadily increased in recent years, the number of design patent applications has actually been gradually decreasing. Director Wang also put forth the question that, although the patent annuities for design patent were already significantly reduced on 1 January 1, 2010, is there still room for further reduction? Director Wang indicated that considering the high percentage of small to medium size businesses (SMB) that account for Taiwan’s industrial make-up, the stagnant growth in design patent applications may suggest that design patent fees may still be too high.

In order to facilitate the government’s goal in supporting the development of Taiwan’s cultural and creative industry, TIPO hopes to increase the number of design patent applications by adjusting design patent annuities. TIPO believes a reduction in design patent annuities may offer practical assistance to natural persons and small enterprises that are comparatively weak financially. Lower overall costs would help better the environment for SMB in Taiwan.

Furthermore, TIPO also pointed out that feedback from industry representatives, who said considering Taiwan’s economic scale, the overall costs of a Taiwan design patent is rather high in comparison with those of other countries. Therefore, TIPO conducted research into the total design patent costs in European countries, the US, Japan, Korea, China and Australia, when drafting the proposal.

Based on this research, TIPO proposed the following fee reductions:
Design patent annuities: NT$ 1,000 per year from the first to the third year; NT$ 2,000 per year from the fourth to sixth year, and NT$ 3,000 from the seventh year onward. Under the new fee structure, over a period of 10 years the total amount of patent annuities would be NT$ 21,000. If including the NT$ 3,000 application fee and NT$ 1,000 issue fee, the total charge is NT$ 25,000. In comparison with the existing fee schedule, total costs have been reduced by around 40.5%, or NT$ 17,000

Furthermore, under the new fee structure, applicants who are schools, natural persons or SMBs will receive additional patent annuities discounts from the first to sixth years. During the first to third year, they need only pay NT$ 200 patent annuities per year, a reduction of NT$ 800. During the fourth to sixth years, the fee will be reduced by NT$1,200 to only NT$ 800 per year. Over then 10 year lifetime of a design patent, total official fee costs, including the patent annuities, application fee and issue fee, would be NT$ 19,000. In comparison to the existing fee schedule, the reduction is around 54.8%, or NT$ 23,000.

TIPO Design Patent Fee Structure

Existing Patent Fees

New, Proposed Fees

Fees for Qualified Schools, Natural Persons, SMBs

1st ~ 3rd Year




4th ~ 6th Year




7th Year Onward




Total Patent Annuities




Application Fee & Issue Fee








Fee Reduction




Reduction Rate




Source: TIPO Public Hearing
Note: Effective on 1 July 2011
Units: NTD


Patent firm North America Intellectual Property (NAIP) has received notice from the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) for issue of its 10,000th patent granted. Patent number M398638, for a display device, was filed on behalf of client Chunghwa Picture Tubes and published on February 21st, 2011.

"10,000 patents granted is truly impressive," says NAIP Patent Engineer Manager and Taiwan Patent Attorney Frank Wu. “Unlike other Taiwan firms that mainly translate existing foreign patent applications or focus on design and utility model patents, over 75% of our work is in the complete drafting, filing and prosecuting of high tech invention patents. We are really helping Taiwan companies turn their ideas into patents.”

As of March 21st, TIPO's online patent search system shows 10,064 patents granted with NAIP as the patent agent firm of record. Of this number, 9,539 are invention, 450 are utility model, and 75 design patents.

"Last year, NAIP reached over 10,000 United States patent applications filed, making us the largest US patent filing firm in Taiwan by volume," NAIP Patent Engineering Management Supervisor Almon Chen. "This 10,000 Taiwan patent grants milestone just proves again the depth of our experience and expertise in high tech patents."

With clients including 9 of the 10 Taiwan companies listed in BusinessWeek's Infotech 100, NAIP is renowned in the Taiwan IP industry as a high tech patent specialist with focus on Circuits, Telecommunication, Software, Image Processing, Semiconductor Materials, Memory Manufacturing, Measurement, Opto-electronics, Solar Energy, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Structures and Data Storage Devices.


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