Cabinet approves IPR law draft amendments
The cabinet has approved draft amendments to the Copyright Act and Trademark Act.
The amendments seek to ensure better protection of intellectual property right owners and are part of the government's efforts to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The proposed amendments have been drafted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to meet an article in the 11-member trade bloc.
That article requires criminal procedures and penalties to be applied in certain cases of willful trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.
According to the cabinet, the draft amendments will allow prosecutors to investigate a wider range of copyright or trademark infringements, which can currently only be brought to a criminal court if copyright holders take action.
The amendments will now be sent to the Legislature Yuan for review.