Trademark registration in Taiwan

Businesses that intend to enter Taiwan should apply for trademark registration. It is crucial since intellectual property infringement, such as trademark squatting, is not unheard of. How much does it take and cost to carry out a trademark registration in Taiwan? We have the answers.

Trademark registration in Taiwan – a guide to trademark protection in Taiwan

Is trademark registration mandatory in Taiwan?

If you want to protect your rights to use a trademark in Taiwan, you must register it as soon as possible. Taiwan follows the “first to file” system, so the sooner you apply for trademark registration, the better.

Trademarks in Taiwan 

According to the ROC Trademark Act, “a trademark” refers to any sign with distinctiveness, which may, in particular, consist of:

  • words 
  • devices 
  • symbols 
  • colors 
  • three-dimensional shapes 
  • motions 
  • holograms 
  • sounds 
  • or any combination thereof. 

Where to register a trademark in Taiwan?

TIPO Taiwan

The trademark authority in Taiwan is the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

How to register a trademark in Taiwan? National registration in Taiwan

Trademark applications can be filed in person or transmitted by electronic means to the Trademark Register. Foreigners with no domicile or place of business in the ROC must get the trademark registered in Taiwan via a local trademark attorney.

When it comes to registering trademarks in Taiwan, filing international registration under Protocol to Madrid Agreement or Madrid Agreement is not possible. Taiwan is a party to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and priority can be claimed based on an application filed in any WTO member state.

Trademark classes in Taiwan

Taiwan uses the International Classification of Goods and Services under the Nice Agreement to describe goods and services. The trademark can be registered in multiple classes. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to determine the right classes for your business.

How long does trademark registration take in Taiwan?

Trademark registration in Taiwan takes 10-12 months on average. 

What is the validity of a trademark in Taiwan?

Trademark registration in Taiwan is valid for 10 years. It can be renewed, and the renewal period is 10 years as well.

How much does trademark registration in Taiwan cost?

The final cost of trademark registration in Taiwan varies depending on the number and type of classes etc. Feel free to reach us for an initial assessment.

Protect your brand and register your trademark in Taiwan

Our firm has years of experience registering trademarks in Asia. We provide consultation concerning relevant issues, including:

  • pre-registration trademark search
  • trademark review & more
  • application for trademark registration
  • communication with the Trademark Registrar until the trademark registration certificate is issued.

Intangible assets such as trademarks are one of the most valuable assets of enterprises. If you want to protect your IP rights in Taiwan, let us take the worry off your hands and contact us. Read more here: Trademark Registration.