Technology Licensing Expert Dialogue

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham), in partnership with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), and the Taiwan–USA Industrial Cooperation Office (TUSA), hosted a Technology Licensing Expert Dialogue on March 30.

Building on the success of the second Digital Economy Forum in October, 2016, the dialogue brought together legal and technology experts from the United States and Taiwan to discuss practical guidance on the booming US$5 billion trade in technology licensing. The esteemed speakers included Hong Shu-ming, Director General of the Taiwan Intellectual Protection Office (TIPO) and the Honorable Judge Sidney H. Stein of the United States District Court Southern District of New York, who opened the forum.

Hosted by Kris Kvols, economic officer at AIT, over 100 participants listened to presentations discussing myriad complexities of licensing technology between American, Taiwanese, and Chinese markets.

Travel & Tourism Luncheon: 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade

Taiwan will be hosting the 29th Summer Universiade competition between August 19th-30th in Taipei City. The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

The largest sporting event ever held in Taiwan, the 2017 Summer Universiade will bring over 12,000 participants — both athletes and delegates — from over 150 countries to Taiwan for 12 days of competition and education, sportsmanship and friendship. As the event presents unprecedented opportunities to revamp and transform Taipei City, Travel & Tourism Committee invited You Shih-ming, Deputy CEO of 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade in this luncheon session, to speak to our members and guests about the initiatives the city is involved in to prepare for the event.

29th Summer Universiade staff members with You Shih-ming , Deputy CEO of 2017 Taipei summer Universiade, Andrea Wu AmCham Taipei President, Travel and Tourism Co-Chairs: Anita Chen and Achim V. Hake

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Special Luncheon: Time to Revamp the Company Act

More than 15 years has passed since the Company Act was last amended in 2001. Comprehensive amendments are widely viewed as long overdue given the many challenges arising from the transformation of industries, the emergence of micro e-commerce businesses, the aging population, the increasing importance of stakeholders, and environmental sustainability.

On March 29th, we invited members and guests to join an important workshop, “Time to Revamp the Company Act” led by the “Steering Committee of Company Act Reform” (the Steering Committee). The effort was aimed at discussing proposed amendments and recommendations to Taiwan’s Company Act.  At the workshop, participants were able to ask questions and network with people facing similar challenges and issues.

* This event was conducted in Chinese. 

From left to right: Chen Yen-liang (陳彥良) Professfor at NTU, Huang Ming-jye  (黃銘傑) Professfor at NTU, Faung Kai-lin (方嘉麟) Professor at Chengchi University, Andrea Wu AmCham Taipei President, Tseng Wang-ruu (曾宛如) Professor at NTU, Vivian Ho (何嘉容) Tax Partner at KPMG, Chu Te-fang (朱德芳) Professor at Chengchi University

Topics covered at the workshop:

  • Explanations on why changes to the Company Act are so urgently needed
  • The foreign laws that have been considered and approaches undertaken by the committee during their study
  • The major proposed revise to the Company Act
  • The government and the general public reaction to the proposed changes
  • Any feedback from AmCham members?

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Gain More From Your Brain: Speed Reading

In today’s always-on information age, we are overloaded with information. We encounter around 34 Gb worth of information every day. Over 1 billion knowledge professionals spend 2.5 hours a day reading and analyzing information for work.

On March 24th, AmCham Taipei invited Cyrille Jegu, Managing Director of ThrivinAsia Limited, to share with attendees the tools and techniques to “Gain More From Your Brain: Speed Reading” and increase productivity by 30%. This session was particularly suitable for lawyers, analysts, bankers, insurers, accountant, auditors, academics, and students that must read through many emails, memos, PDFs, articles, etc. daily.

Through this event, guests and members developed skills to help them:

  • Read twice as fast while absorbing and analyzing information
  • Retain information for a longer period
  • Improve your quality of work

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Event Reminder: Technology Licensing Expert Dialogue

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei is pleased to co-host with the Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office (TUSA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) a “Technology Licensing Expert Dialogue” on March 30, 2017. Members of the media are invited to cover the opening session of the dialogue.

Members of the media who plan to cover this event are required to sign up with AIT’s Public Diplomacy Section by noon on March 29 via email to [email protected] or fax 2162-2242.

Event:             Technology Licensing Expert Dialogue

Time:               9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2017

Venue:             AIT’s American Center – 21st Floor, 333 Keelung Road, Section 1, Taipei

Language:        English with simultaneous interpretation

 

Agenda:

08:40 – Media registration

09:00 – Welcome remarks by Christian Marchant, Acting Deputy Director, AIT

  • Remarks by Mei-hua Wang, Vice Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Remarks by Mark Cohen, Senior Counsel, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

09:20 – Group Photos

09:25 – Keynote Speeches

  • TIPO, Your Best Partner!, Shu-min Hong, Director General, TIPO (Taiwan Intellectual Property Office)
  • Maximizing IP Commercialization:  Less is More, Honorable Judge Sidney H. Stein, United States District Court Southern District of New York

10:00 – Opening Session Concludes

The expert dialogue will address the legal framework and provide practical guidance for industry participants in the thriving US$5 billion U.S.-Taiwan licensing trade.  This trade creates value through spurring innovation, disseminating technology, and generating income for intellectual property owners through technology transfer and commercialization. This program is being held in furtherance of the October 2016 Digital Economy Forum, at which both sides affirmed the importance of intellectual property rights and licensing to expand two-way technology trade and investment between the two economies.

For more information, please contact the AmCham Government & Public Affairs or tel: 02-2718-8226 ext. 213

Remarks by AmCham Taipei Chairman, Albert Chang at the AmCham Taipei Banquet, Hsien Nien Fan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei held its 49th annual Hsieh Nien Fan banquet on March 22nd in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

Opening the evening were remarks by AmCham Taipei Chairman, Albert Chang, who expressed thanks on behalf of the Chamber to both the Taiwan government and AIT for helping to promote a positive business environment in Taiwan. He stressed the findings of AmCham Taipei’s recent 2017 Business Climate Survey that an already excellent business environment – especially with regard to quality of life and human capital – could easily be further improved through greater regulatory transparency and consistency.

A transcript of the chairman’s remarks is as follows:

Welcome, Good evening! President Tsai, Ministers, AIT Director Moy, AmCham Members, and Distinguished Guests. Let me say a warm welcome to AmCham Taipei’s annual Hsieh Nien Fan!

This is a historic evening. Every year, for the past 49 years, AmCham has gathered together the top leaders from government and international business. And tonight, we have set a new record of nearly 700 people here. To Director Moy and our fellow AIT leaders, we are so happy to have you with us tonight. This is a historic night, because tonight we welcome someone who herself has made history. Madam President, let me say, on behalf of AmCham Taipei, we are so honored to have you with us this evening. And so to you, your Ministers, and the 100-plus government officials here tonight, we offer a warm welcome and a heartfelt thank you.

As we gather here tonight, we have so much to celebrate.

The leaders in this room have personally overseen the creation of thousands-upon-thousands of high-quality high-paying jobs and billions of dollars of investment in Taiwan. Let’s not forget these are not numbers on a piece of paper. The companies in this room have done their part to improve the lives of the average Taiwanese citizen in very real ways.

When we asked our members in our most recent Business Climate Survey about their hiring and investment plans, they told us that they are doubling down here. Half of the companies in our Survey responded that they grew their headcount and investment in Taiwan in 2016. Half of the companies responded that Taiwan is a top 10 global priority for their company.

On quality of life, an overwhelming majority expressed enthusiasm for the quality of Taiwan’s workforce and the outstanding living environment. Some even joked that Taiwan is the only place in the world where the taxi drivers are nicer than the passengers! Even for me personally, when people tell me my Chinese has improved, I tell them I learn everything I know from our taxi drivers! But then when they say my accent is so bad, I guess I know who’s to blame.

On regulations, under Premier Lin Chuan’s leadership, the notice and comment period for new regulations has been extended from 14 days to 60 days, facilitating stronger input on proposed regulatory changes.

We thank President Tsai and the Taiwan government for creating an environment that welcomes the world’s leading companies to plant their flag in Taiwan and encourages them to invest, innovate, and grow here.

But, at the same time, we are not naïve, we all know that there is still much more work to do to unlock the next wave of growth in jobs and investment. If there is one message from our members on the state of the business environment in Taiwan, it is that we need to accelerate the pace of improvement.

And we need to do it in 3 key areas:

  • Number 1: Government regulations – Regulations are the essential glue to a well-functioning, modern economy like Taiwan. But this is one area our members said Taiwan needs to step up. We’re looking for more transparency around the regulatory process; and we need more time and more opportunities to provide meaningful input into the process by which new laws are formulated and approved. This is the single biggest issue for international businesses here year after year.
  • Number 2: Labor law –In today’s digital economy, where whole industries are being disrupted by fast-moving innovators, labor laws need to keep up. Labor laws in Taiwan need to become more relevant, they need to become more actionable, and they need to become more relevant to the day-to-day needs of companies trying to invest, innovate, and grow.
  • And Number 3: Our members are looking for Taiwan to be a source of macro-economic stability in a world that is becoming more uncertain and more fraught with risks than ever before. Stability instills confidence throughout the entire system, and lets business leaders feel assured that their investments will be secure today, and in the future.

To my esteemed colleagues and friends in the room here, I would say this: you’ve all done so much to get Taiwan to the enviable position that it is in today: a thriving, vibrant democracy; a nation of smart, friendly, and hard-working people; and one of the largest trading nations on earth.

At AmCham, we are more optimistic than ever. We have here tonight the public and private sector leaders who will shape the economic future of Taiwan. And while we may not all share the same goals or agendas, what we do share, what does bind us together, is a deep commitment to continued economic growth and prosperity in Taiwan.

Personally, coming back to Taiwan several years ago was a deeply meaningful homecoming for me. I am personally committed to work with the esteemed leaders present in the room here tonight, to ensure that this home that we call Taiwan is a place where we can raise our families, build our businesses, and pursue our dreams in peace and prosperity.

Before I hand over the podium, I’d like to share with you an often-cited African proverb, my favorite proverb in fact, which states, “If you want to go fast, go alone…but if you want to go far, go together.” Tonight, we gather in recognition of the fact that, although there is so much work to do, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, if we do it together.

To President Tsai and Director Moy, we extend our warmest welcome and deepest thanks, and we look forward to years of continued partnership together.  Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming, Mr. Kin Moy, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

President Tsai Addresses AmCham Taipei Banquet, Hsieh Nien Fan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei held its 49th annual Hsieh Nien Fan banquet on March 22nd in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Taipei. This year’s attendance was a record high of nearly 700 AmCham Taipei members and guests.

The purpose of the event is to express thanks to Taiwan government officials, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and other friends of the Chamber for their cooperation and support in the previous year.

Attending for the first time since taking office last May, President Tsai Ing-wen delivered the keynote speech, becoming the fourth president of the Republic of China to do so.  She commended AmCham Taipei, noting that “for 66 years this chamber has served as a vital bridge between Taiwan, the United States, and the business communities of our two countries.” Citing AmCham Taipei’s annual Doorknock delegation to Washington D.C., Tsai said that “without these efforts, the Taiwan-U.S. partnership would not be in the robust health it is in today.”

President Tsai Ing-wen delivered the keynote speech, becoming the fourth president of the Republic of China to do so.

The president said that with a new administration now in office in the United States, “we have entered a new stage of Taiwan-U.S. relations.” She outlined her government’s plans to strengthen that relationship in three areas:

  1. Strategic. Taiwan is supporting peace-keeping efforts in Iraq and Syria by assisting with international mine-removal efforts; in January it also donated a mobile hospital for use in Iraq. In addition, Taiwan will make greater investment in its own defense, to the benefit of peace and stability in the region, and will seek more cooperation with American defense firms as it builds up an indigenous defense industry and procures more military systems from the United States. This initiative, together with programs in aerospace and cybersecurity, will help create thousands of jobs in Taiwan and the U.S., Tsai said.
  2. Trade. The United States is already Taiwan’s second largest trading partner, with trade in goods and services reaching US$85 billion last year. Faced with the Trump administration’s America First policy, however, “Taiwan is prepared to make adjustments” – emphasizing not only free trade but fair trade, the president said. Referring to her background as a trade negotiator, she said “I firmly believe that through communication and negotiation, trade conflicts and other differences can always be resolved.” She stated her hope that Taiwan and the U.S. can “work together toward a new bilateral trade agreement – preferably, of course, FTA-type.”
  3. Investment. Taiwan will send its largest ever delegation to attend the SelectUSA investment summit in Washington this June to actively seek opportunities to invest in the United States. At the same time, Taiwan’s 5+2 innovation program will open new opportunities for cooperation and investment in Taiwan by U.S. companies and for the purchase of American goods.

AmCham Taipei Chairman, Albert Chang, presented President Tsai with the book The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World, as a gift to show our gratitude for her participation and support of the event.

Opening the evening were remarks by AmCham Taipei Chairman, Albert Chang, who expressed thanks on behalf of the Chamber to both the Taiwan government and AIT for helping to promote a positive business environment in Taiwan. He stressed the findings of AmCham Taipei’s recent 2017 Business Climate Survey that an already excellent business environment – especially with regard to quality of life and human capital – could easily be further improved through greater regulatory transparency and consistency.

Director Kin W. Moy of the American Institute in Taiwan also spoke, stressing the opportunities for further U.S.-Taiwan economic cooperation through such channels as the ongoing dialogue as part of the TIFA (Trade and Investment Framework Agreement) platform, bilateral Digital Economy Forums, Global Cooperation and Training Framework, International Environmental Partnership, and APEC.

Besides President Tsai, other high-level Taiwan government dignitaries in attendance this year included:

  • National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Joseph Wu
  • Legislative Yuan Secretary General Jih-Jia Lin
  • Executive Yuan Minister without Portfolio John Chen-Chung
  • Ministry of Interior Minister Jiunn-rong Yeh 
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister David Tawei Lee
  • Ministry of Science and Technology Minister Liang-Gee Chen
  • Ministry of Health and Welfare Minister Shih-Chung Chen 
  • Environmental Protection Administration Minister Ying-Yuan Lee 
  • National Communications Commission Chairperson Nicole,T.I. Chan

The event would not have been possible without the contribution of the following sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsor: Citibank
  • Gold Sponsors: Corning Display; Franklin Templeton Investments; Standard Chartered Bank
  • Silver Sponsors: 3M, HSBC, JTI, and Micron
  • Bronze Sponsors: Air Products, American Express, Baker & McKenzie, Dun & Bradstreet, K&L Gates, Philip Morris, Qualcomm, and Siemens
  • General Sponsors: Audi, Ford Lio Ho, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Grand Hyatt Taipei, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Tobacco Institute of the Republic of China.
  • Wine & Liquor: Diageo Taiwan, Sergio Valente

Marketing & Distribution Committee Luncheon: The Changing Media Landscape

On March 16th, the AmCham Marketing & Distribution Committee held a luncheon at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel and invited Irene Chen, Vice President, Media Research, Nielsen Taiwan & Hong Kong to speak about “Consumer Connections in a Changing Media Landscape.”

Over the last decade, one of the greatest impact on consumer landscape is the Internet. The Internet has changed the way consumers embrace new technology, receive information, and messages from TV, print, and digital media – catching consumers’ attention is becoming more and more difficult.

Consumer Connections in a Changing Media Landscape, at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel.

In this sharing session, Irene Chen, answered the 5 key questions advertisers should think about:

  • What are consumers’ media behaviors?
  • How have they changed?
  • What are the latest trends?
  • How do I connect to different groups of consumers?
  • How do I evaluate digital ad investment with the right KPI to achieve the best ROI?

Job Opportunity: Relocation Consultant at Santa Fe

An exciting job opportunity that involves visiting customers, creating quotation and sales, as well as managing the logistics for international moves in and out of Taiwan. Interested applicants, please send a cover letter and resume to Chris Collins at [email protected].

Responsible to:

  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Moving & Relocation Division

Relief Persons:

  • Customer Service Representative (CSR)
  • General Manager – Sales & Marketing
  • Moving & Relocation Division

General Duties

  • Handle inquires for potential customers moving into Taiwan and Third-Country Moves between countries other than Taiwan, whereby Santa Fe is the “booking agent”.
  • Handle online inquiries for outbound quotations received via our website or sales email address, where no survey is required. If confirmed, would need to pass to the customer service team for handling.
  • Perform physical surveys at customers house.
  • Set-up pre-move surveys with overseas agents, receive results and prepare quotations, follow-up and perform sales function until move is awarded.
  • Answer client questions relating to quotation and make every effort to help win business.
  • In addition to household goods moving, offer to assist with other relocation needs such as home search, school search orientation, visa & immigration etc.
  • Use Move Manager system to enter inquiries, quotes, and jobs.

Confirmed moves

  • Answer client questions relating to moves such as timing, process, documentation etc., and provide additional information to clients when necessary.
  • Phone clients within 24 hours to confirm receipt of the Acceptance Form / Approval Form / Purchasing Order to thank them for the business and take the move to the next stages.
  • Send detailed instructions to overseas agents and continually liaise with agents to monitor status of move.
  • Liaise with relevant sales colleagues to keep them informed of move status.
  • Phone client the day before moving date to confirm the moving arrangements.
  • Enter all relevant details in Move Manager system.
  • Issue invoice according to Credit Policy.
  • Liaise with other departments (sales, traffic, relocation services) as required for each client to ensure good communication and service delivery.

Other Sales Responsibilities

  • Actively promote wide range of Relocation Services to inbound and third-country clients.  Continually try to “up-sell” additional services using creativity and when appropriate discounts on one service to encourage use of another.
  • Promote Santa Fe’s other areas of business where ever possible (Record Management, General Cargo, Special Cargo, Projects, Travel).

Liaison:
Corporate Accounts, Individual Customers, Office Personnel, Warehouse Personnel, Overseas Agents, Local Contractors, etc.

Can Relieve:

  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Moving & Relocation Division

AmCham Tax Committee Luncheon – 跨境電商營業稅課稅新制簡介

AmCham Tax Committee held a luncheon on March 10th at Regent Taipei to inform and educate attendees about business and cross-border tax laws.

跨境電商營業稅課稅新制簡介 – this event was conducted in Mandarin.

為解決現行跨境免稅門檻及逆向課稅機制產生之營業稅課稅問題,財政部參考經濟合作暨發展組織(OECD)建議及歐盟、韓國、日本、澳洲、紐西蘭等國家作法,擬具「加值型及非加值型營業稅法」部分條文修正案,明定境外電商業者利用網路銷售勞務予境內自然人者,應於我國辦理稅籍登記及報繳營業稅,俾掌握稅源及促進國內、外電商業者公平競爭。該法案業經總統於105年12月28日修正公布,行政院並已核定自106年5月1日開始施行。本次會議將向與會會員說明修法內容及本項政策未來執行的重點與方向。

When: Mar 10, 2017 (12 PM – 2 PM)

Where: Regent Taipei, 4F VIP Room 1 / 台北晶華酒店 貴賓廳一 4F

Speaker: 翁培祐 – 財政部賦稅署消費稅組組長

(left) Tax Committee Co-Chair, Josephine Peng Senior Counselor, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, (second-left): 蘇靜娟 – 稽核 財政部賦稅署消費稅組, (second-right) 翁培祐-財政部賦稅署消費稅組組長, (right) Tax Committee Co-Chair, Cheli Liaw Partner, Deloitte & Touche