Untapped Cities on our rooftop garden

Untapped Cities recently covered our rooftop garden along with similar projects in Tokyo in a post entitled Urban Farms in Taipei and Tokyo Improve Office Life. The post mentions that our garden is home to 340 plant species including passionfruit trees, strawberries plants, and leafy greens.  Our garden has also been written about in Taiwan Panorama, Landscape Outlook, and many Chinese-language publications. Please contact City Shen at or +886 2311 2345 ext. 346 to visit or learn more about our garden.

There are also many images of our garden on our Facebook page (scroll down to 2013).

Taiwan’s IPR Police: Organizational changes and statistics

WP’s Peter Dernbach and Liu Chia-yu attended a presentation to the American Chamber of Commerce’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Committee by Captain Li Qing-quan of the Intellectual Property Rights Police today. The presentation was entitled  ”IP Protection and Enforcement.”  Captain Li also explained the organizational changes that have resulted in the IPR Police becoming part of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Previously, the IPR Police were a special police force at the highest level of the National Police Administration.

Rights holders have been concerned about the reorganization’s effects on the IPR Police’s enforcement efforts. Captain Li explained that the  scope of the IPR Police’s authority has not changed because of the reorganization. However, the IPR Police’s seven local offices have been combined into three metropolitan headquarters covering Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.  The IPR Police expect that as a result of this internal reorganization they should be better able to fight online IPR violations as well as organized crime involved in trafficking counterfeits.

Between 2003 and 2013, the IPR Police made seizures in 22,528 cases of criminal IP infringement involving 22,760 suspects. During this period, 6.24 million pirated CDs valued at NT$8.3 billion (US$ 277 million) have been confiscated. In 2013, the IPR police investigated 2,048 cases of trademark infringement and 706 cases of copyright infringement.

Peter is co-chair of the Chamber’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Committee.  Chia-yu is admitted in Taiwan. Her practice focuses on intellectual property.

Winkler Partners ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide (2014)

Winkler Partners has been ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide (2014) for its insurance, intellectual property, and employment practices.  The guide notes Winkler Partners’ focus on intellectual property work related to Taiwan’s technology industry in its overview of the Taiwan legal services market.

Partner Chen Hui-ling is recognized as a noted practitioner for her insurance work as is Peter Dernbach for IP.

Taiwan’s Personal Information Protection Act: one year on

After nearly two years of delay, Taiwan’s Personal Information Protection Act took effect in October 2012. Partner Chen Hui-ling contributed this analysis of the PIPA’s implementation in its first year to Privacy Laws & Business International Report (127).  She analyzes civil and criminal cases and comments on enforcement and the prospects for data breach class actions in Taiwan.

The article can be downloaded here.

Winkler Partners in World Trademark 1000

The Winkler Partners trademark practice has been included in the 2014 edition of World Trademark 1000.  Peter Dernbach was noted as a leading trademark professional for enforcement and litigation as well as prosecution and strategy.  The entry notes that the Winkler Partners trademark practice advises “some of the world’s leading companies in industries ranging from luxury goods, pharmaceuticals and entertainment to software and semiconductors.”

Peter Dernbach quoted in Asia IP on online piracy

Peter Dernbach’s comments on the problem of online piracy and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s proposals to fight it appear in the January issue of Asia IP.

Another huge challenge is online piracy, which has been increasing in recent years and for which effective remedies are insufficient in practice, says Peter Dernbach, a partner at WinklerPartners in Taipei.

To soothe that problem, TIPO floated a proposal in May 2013 to amend the copyright act to allow blocking local access to foreign websites known to be engaging in serious copyright infringement. “TIPO proposed to create an interagency commission, made of ‘competent authorities’ including perhaps Taiwan’s internet service provider moderator, the National Communications Commission, as well as right holders and other expert groups with the authority to issue administrative orders to ISPs to block access to certain sites,” says Dernbach.

Winkler Partners closed for Lunar New Year

Our office is closed from 30 January to 4 February for the Lunar New Year. Please direct any inquiries or urgent matters to Happy Year of the Horse.

Summer 2014 Internship

Winkler Partners is looking for an intern for the summer of 2014 (c. June to August).

You will need to be currently enrolled in law school for us to get work authorization. Also, we regret that Taiwan’s laws currently bar us from considering candidates from the PRC, Hong Kong, or Macau unless they hold citizenship in another jurisdiction.

The basic qualifications include good analytic, research, and writing skills. We will try to pair you with an intern from a Taiwanese law school or an interning Taiwanese lawyer.

You do not need to know any Chinese although you will be able to do more if you can.

Your duties would include curating social media sites, writing updates on legal topics, and light case work for 15-20 hours per week. The pay is NT$200 per hour (c. US$7, the same as what the Taiwanese intern will receive) and you will have to cover your own travel to and living expenses in Taipei (very roughly, about US$700 per month on a tight student budget).

This position would be ideal for a current law student who would also like to study Chinese over the summer since we are located conveniently close to both National Taiwan University (ICLP) and National Taiwan Normal University (Shida Mandarin Training Center).

Please send a resume, a brief writing sample, and a cover letter explaining your interest in an internship in Taiwan to the attention of Melisa Wang (

Peter Dernbach on Taiwan’s new exclusionary measures against patent infringing goods

The World Intellectual Property Review recently interviewed WP’s Peter Dernbach on Taiwan’s new border interdiction measures for goods infringing on Taiwanese patents. Patent owners will be able apply to detain infringing goods being imported into Taiwan but must provide a security bond and file an action for patent infringement within 12 days. The new measure are expected to come into effect in two months.

Taiwan bar exam results and number of practicing lawyers (2013)

Taiwan bar exam takers have a pass rate about 10% in 2013 with 892 candidates passing the two-stage examination. In 2011, 964 passed followed by another 915 in 2012. The total number of licensed lawyers is now 13,375.

Despite the increasing number of lawyers, the Ministry of Justice’s statistics for practicing lawyers for the same period show a more modest  increase. According to the Ministry, 6,895 lawyers were practicing in 2011. In 2013, 7,656 lawyers were practicing in the world’s 19th largest economy with a population of 23 million people.

According to Ministry of Examination figures, the pass rate for the 2011 exam was 10.38%. After passing the bar, candidates must undergo one month training by the Taiwan Bar Association and complete a five-month internship.

Taiwan’s bar exam passage rates can be divided into three periods:

  • 1950-1988: 782 candidates passed with average annual pass rate of 6.76%
  • 1989-2010: 8,404 candidates passed with an average annual pass rate of 8.81%
  • 2011-2013: 2,770 candidates passed with average annual pass rate of 10.55%.

Taiwan’s universities currently have a total of 39 departments of law producing about 3,000 graduates each year.