ROC, S. Korea ink agree­ment on patent co­op­er­a­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

Tai­wan and South Korea have signed two mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing that are ex­pected to slash patent re­view and ap­proval time, and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said petro­chem­i­cal, elec­tron­ics and semi­con­duc­tor in­dus­tries are poised to reap the most benefits.

The sign­ing of the Patent Pros­e­cu­tion High­way (PPH) will fa­cil­i­tate the spread of in­dus­try-re­lated knowl­edge among the public. It also marks an im­por­tant mile­stone for the two coun­tries’ in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties (IP) ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion.

Un­der the PPH mech­a­nism, once a patent re­view is com­pleted in one coun­try, the patent’s ap­pli­cant can im­me­di­ately re­quest a PPH re­view in the other coun­try.

Joseph Shin ( ), Taipei’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in South Korea, said in yes­ter­day’s sign­ing cer­e­mony that the Korean In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice ranks among the top five IP of­fices in the world, and that many Tai­wanese con­sider South Korea a strate­gic base for patent ap­pli­ca­tions.

Shin said that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials ar­rived at South Korea in Fe­bru­ary to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial of IP co­op­er­a­tion, and con­di­tions were ripe to foster the agree­ment yes­ter­day.

With a bi­lat­eral trade top­ping US$ 30 bil­lion last year, the two coun­tries are each other’s sixth largest trade part­ners. Since in­te­grated cir­cuit prod­ucts ac­count for 65 per­cent of Tai­wan’s ex­ports to South Korea, the new PPH is ex­pected to give Tai­wan

firms more edge, Shin said.

A Close Ally in Terms of Patent

Ex­change

Wang Mei- hua ( ), direc­tor-gen­eral of the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice at the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs, said South Korea ap­plied for 2,127 ap­pli­cants in Tai­wan in 2014, mak­ing it one the na­tion’s top patent ap­pli­cants.

LG Chem Ltd., Sam­sung Dis­play Co. and Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics from South Korea made their way to Tai­wan’s top 20 patent ap­pli­cants.

Tai­wan filed for 768 patents in South Korea in 2013, and the num­ber climbed to 955 in 2014.

Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. ( ), Win­bond Elec­tron­ics Corp., ), Me­di­aTek Inc. ( Sil­i­con ( ) and Mo­tion Tech­nol­ogy Corp ( ) are Tai­wan’s top patent ap­pli­cants in South Korea.

The In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice started to ink PPH agree­ments in 2011 with the U.S., Ja­pan and Spain. As of 2014, 797 patents were filed un­der the mech­a­nism. The av­er­age re­view time took 11 months, which was only a third of the nor­mal re­view du­ra­tion.

The other mem­o­ran­dum “patent pri­or­ity elec­tronic file ex­change” signed yes­ter­day en­ables fast ac­cess to patent doc­u­ments, which cut down the cost and time for patent fil­ing and fa­cil­i­tates cross-bor­der patent pro­cess­ing and re­view.

Tai­wan has es­tab­lished this plat­form with Ja­pan, and South Korea is the sec­ond coun­try to en­ter this part­ner­ship with Tai­wan.

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