• Asia-China
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 12 months
Opposition period 3 months
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 3 years from filing date;
otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn.
No substantive examination is conducted No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 18-24 months 10-12 months 10-12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from filing date 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid annually from filing date, after granted 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Asia-Japan
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 3 years from filing date;
otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn.
No substantive examination is conducted Substantive examination is conducted automatically
Time frame for examination 18-24 months 2-4 months 6-8 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from filing date 20 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid annually from post-grant publication date (for granted invention and utility model, annuity is paid from the 4th) 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Asia-Korea
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 3 years from filing date;
otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn.
“Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 3 years from filing date;
otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn.
No substantive examination is conducted
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Substantive examination is conducted automatically
Time frame for examination 20 months 20 months 6-10 months
12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from filing date 20 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 4th annuity from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Asia-Singapore
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted by applicant. 4 routes are optional for applications to steer. No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 36-60 months 4-6 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 15 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 5th annuity from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 6thand 11th year from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Asia-Malaysia
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 18-24 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 18 months from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 18 months from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. Substantive examination is conducted automatically
Time frame for examination 42-60 months 42-60 months 10-12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from filing date 15 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 2nd annuity from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 6thand 11th year from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees

  • Americas-USA
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 8-12 months
Opposition period 30 days
Duration 10 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Design
Examination Substantive examination is conducted automatically Substantive examination is conducted automatically
Time frame for examination 18-24 months 10-12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 14 years from publication date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid on the 3.5 and 7.5 year from post-grant publication date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees No maintenance fees are due
  • Americas-Canada
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 10-14 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 15 years from registration date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 15-year term
Patent
  Patent Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 5 years from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. Substantive examination is conducted automatically
Time frame for examination 42-60 months 10-12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from publication date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 5th year from publication date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Europe-Germany
Trademark
Examination No prior-application-search is conducted.
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 3 months
Duration 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 7 years from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. No substantive examination is conducted No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 18-24 months 2-3 months 6-8 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 10 years from filing date 自申請日起25年
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 4th, 7th, and 9th annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th year from filing date, 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Europe-United Kingdom
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 6 months from publication date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-12 months for search report
24-36 months for examination result
3-5 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 25 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 5th annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 6th, 11th, 16th, and 21st year from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Europe-France
Trademark
Examination No Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-8 months
Opposition period 2 months
Duration 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 18 months from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. No substantive examination is conducted No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 24-36 months 12-18 months 12 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 6 years from filing date 25 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 2 annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 6th, 11th, 16th, and 21st year from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
  • Europe-EU
Trademark
Examination No Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 8-12 months
Opposition period 3 months
Duration 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 6 months from publication date of search report; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 6-12 months for search report 12-24 months for examination result 1-3 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 25 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th year from filing date, after granted. 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees
備註 1. 40 member states of European Patent Organization (till Oct. of 2015)
2. Any annuity falling due after the publication date of “mention of the grant” shall be arranged to each validated country, rather than to EPO.
1. 28 member states of European Union (till Oct. of 2014)
2. Protection scope expands through all 28 member states once the design is granted.
  • Oceania&Africa-Australia
Trademark
Examination Prior- application- search is conducted
Time frame for examination 8-10 months
Opposition period 3 months
Duration 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Renewal is due before expiration of the 10-year term
Patent
  Patent Utility Model Design
Examination “Request for Substantive Examination” shall be submitted within 5 years from filing date; otherwise the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. No substantive examination is conducted No substantive examination is conducted
Time frame for examination 24-30 months 1-3 months 1-3 months
Duration 20 years from filing date 8 years from filing date 10 years from filing date
Maintenance Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 5th annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees Maintenance fee shall be paid from the 3rd annuity from filing date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees 5-year Renewal fee shall be paid on the 5th year from publication date 6-month grace period is subject to extra fees