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Revised Customs Recordation Regulation for Better Trademark Protection

The Customs recordation in Taiwan newly filed or renewed on or after 1 January 2017, will be valid until the expiration date of the trademark registration for better protection.


In Taiwan, the trademark owners may apply for the Customs recordation of the registered trademarks with the Customs authorities to conduct a general inspection of imported and exported products bearing the same or similar logos as the recorded trademarks by providing the Customs with an application together with copies of relevant trademark certificates, information for identifying genuine and counterfeit goods, and other required documents.


In the past, the Customs recordation will be valid for just one year.  Prior to the expiration of the one-year term of each Customs recordation, the trademark owner of the recorded trademark will be entitle to apply for renewing the recordation term for another one year.  The renewal will have to be filed every year.


The revised regulation governing the Customs recordation effective on 1 January 2017 stipulates that the trademark recordation newly filed or renewed, will be valid until the expiration date of the trademark registration.  It will be no longer necessary to renew the Customs recordation every year.  Such a new practice will be much cost-saving and efficient for anti-counterfeiting at the Customs.