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2014/10/18 The expedition of patent examination

Taiwan IPO (TWIPO) announced that the petition on the expedition of patent examination is acceptable in the following categories:

1) If the same patent application is already allowed by foreign countries, the IPO will issue a first office action within 6 months after the submission of petition by the applicant.

2) If the same patent application is not yet allowed by any other countries, but the first office action has been issued by the foreign countries, the TWIPO will issue a first office action within 6 months, if the claims in the applications are identical, 9 months otherwise, after the submission of petition by the applicant.

3) If it is necessitated to implement the patent in application in market soon, the TWIPO may issue a first office action within 9 months, provided that the petition is granted.

4) If it is proved that the patent application is relevant to energy saving scheme, the TWIPO may issue a first office action within 9 months, provided that the petition is granted.

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