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TIPO has carried out a backlog reduction project since 2010. By the end of 2016, the number of disposals has reached 384,789, exceeding the original target (365,740) by about 19,000, a considerable success in terms of performance.
As of the end of 2016, the backlog of pending invention patent applications reported a drop of 110,025 to 50,293, a sharp decrease compared with 160,318 in 2011.
With regard to patent pendency, in 2015, the average patent pendency at TIPO was 26 months, while at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was 26.3 months and the European Patent Office (EPO) 26.9 months. In 2016, the figure in Taiwan was further reduced to 20 months, fostering for applicants to expand their patent portfolios around the globe.
Intellectual Property Office Ministry of Economic Affairs,R.O.C