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For the “Program for Hearing Patent Invalidation Cases” to proceed smoothly and to prevent continuous submission of litigant documents that change the reason(s) for the allegation or combination of the evidence—which may lead to disputes during the hearing process—TIPO has decided to modify Point 4 of the program. This provision concerns the rule for the continuous submission of documents after the announcement of an invalidation hearing. The change is designed to enhance the effectiveness in making decision on invalidation cases and to fully embrace the spirit of Articles 73 and 74 of the Patent Act.
The amendments to the “Program for Hearing Patent Invalidation Cases” took effect on February 8, 2021.