Extended grace period provisions of Taiwan Patent Act come into force since May 1, 2017
E170407Y1 | Apr. 2017（E209）
The amended provisions of Taiwan Patent Act promulgated on January 18, 2017 came into force on May 1, 2017 upon the Executive Yuan’s approval. Amendments to the grace period provisions are summarized below.
1. The grace period for future invention and utility model patent applications is extended from 6 months to 12 months.
2. More lenient requirements on how the disclosure is made are provided; that is, invention applications will be eligible for the grace period as long as the disclosure thereof is made out of or not out of the applicant’s intention.
3. It is no longer mandatory to claim grace period simultaneously on the date of filing.
The amended grace period provisions will be applicable to the applications filed on or after May 1, 2017. (April 2017)