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The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between Taiwan and Korea will expire on June 30, 2020. In view of its impressive results in acceleration of examination, both sides have agreed that a permanent PPH program will replace the current one, starting July 1, 2020. The permanent program is aimed at continuing to provide applicants with stable and convenient PPH services.
Taiwan and Korea have been close economic and trading partners. For long years, Korea has made the top four countries in invention patent applications filed in Taiwan. Last year (2019), TIPO received a total of 1,656 invention patent applications from Korean applicants. On the other hand, KIPO received 1,102 invention patent applications from Taiwanese applicants. To speed up examination so that applicants could acquire their patents quickly, TIPO and KIPO have conducted the PPH pilot program since July 1, 2015.