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On February 13, 2017, TIPO received four examiners from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for a one-week exchange program.
In the program, the Japanese examiners gave an introduction of the JPO, and briefed on topics such as the file index (FI) and file forming terms (F-terms) patent classification system in Japan, search tools for non-patent literature (NPL), patent search strategies in the area of macromolecular compounds, as well as patent prior art search. During their stay, the examiners also paid a visit to the Patent Search Center (PSC) and the Intellectual Property Court. Through the exchange program, the two sides have shared experiences and conducted thorough discussions on patent examination practices in Taiwan and Japan, which can be enormously helpful for the future work of examinations.
Intellectual Property Office Ministry of Economic Affairs,R.O.C