Tiny up-tick in unpaid leave
The number of workers in the country on unpaid leave has risen by two people to 1,367 over the past two weeks, according to the Council of Labor Affairs. As of June 15, 19 companies had reached agreements with their employees on unpaid leave, the latest statistics from the council show. Meanwhile, council said that as of mid-June, 1,558 workers from 19 companies had signed up for a program to retrain furloughed workers. These workers receive NT$100 for each hour spent on the training program. The program, which began in October last year, provides training subsidies for employees whose working hours have fallen by 16 hours or more per fortnight. To qualify for the subsidies, one of the conditions is that the companies must keep their workforce numbers at a certain level.
Patent rights widened
Patent registration in Taiwan will be open to more nontraditional forms of trademarks, including video graphics and smells starting on July 1. For instance, short videos that can be viewed to indicate when a cellphone has been switched on can be registered as a trademark patent if most consumers link it to a certain product or brand, according to the Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Nonvisual trademarks can also be considered patents if they are recognized for certain service providers, the official added. Examples from other countries include cherry-scented motor oil and a tennis ball that bears the waft of freshly cut grass, it said. Applicants registering these trademarks will need to provide information regarding their use and show proof that consumers link the logos to their brands, the official added.