Article | September 11, 2020

What Is The Status Of Drug Intellectual Property (IP) In Taiwan?

By Bobby Sheng

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One of the biggest concerns about working in Asia by North American drug companies is the sanctity of their Intellectual Property (IP).  Will it be copied and then all the hard work, years of time and money invested lost?  These are valid concerns!

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), is an independent state located in East Asia right next to China.  Many people wrongly assume that Taiwan is part of China, but apart from sharing a common language, their political systems are vastly different. It is interesting to note that Taiwan is one of the most populous states that is not a member of the United Nation.

Since Taiwan is not a recognized member of the UN, it cannot access the World Intellectual Property Organization treaties, especially the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Continue reading to learn more about the Taiwan IP Office and its processes.

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