Origins of STLI

  In 1989, the Institute for Information Industry (III) established the “Information Law Research Task Force” within its Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) to help Taiwan’s IT industry keep pace with global trends and increase its international competitiveness by creating a sound and comprehensive legal and regulatory environment. The creation of such an environment was aimed at stimulating the growth of Taiwan’s high-tech industries.

  In 1996, with support from the Technology Development Program (TDP) run by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the status of the task force was elevated and it became an independent unit under the III, with the name Science & Technology Law Center (STLC) and then Science & Technology Law Institute (STLI) since 2011.


Our Mission

  Ever since its establishment, the STLI has been a think tank devoted to the development of science and technology laws and policies and has promoted general industry-wide legal systems. Besides serving as the legal consultant for III, the STLI has used its professional legal expertise to provide practical solutions for the Taiwanese government’s efforts to create a strong legal and regulatory environment for the development of science and technology industries and other emerging industries, and enable these industries to cope with significant challenges emerging from the development of information, technology and globalization. The goal of these efforts has been to enable Taiwan’s industries to keep up with international trends and expand global development.


  Based on its strengths in policy and legal research, the STLI aims to continue to expand the scope of its international exchanges and cooperation. The STLI pledges that it will not only become a hub of technology and law, but also an authoritative research institute that promotes linkages between Taiwan and the global arena.


Inter-disciplinary Competence in Staff and Research Areas


Our Experts

  The STLI features a large number of experts with degrees in law and science and technology. Our experts hold doctoral or master degrees from Taiwanese and overseas universities, and have superior academic and professional competence.

The professional expertise of STLI includes the following:
  • Legal Research
  • Policy Research
  • Drafting and Revision of Laws and Regulations
  • Promotion of Legal and Regulatory Knowledge
  • Education and Training
  • Consulting Service
  • IPR Management and Promotion
STLI Personnel - Education
  • Doctor 5%
  • Master 87%
  • Bachelor 8%
STLI Professional Licenses hold by employees:
  • Attorney at Law 18 persons
  • ISO 27001 Information Security Management System Lead Auditor 18 persons
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System Lead Auditor 4 persons
  • IT Service Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course (ISO/IEC 20000-1:2001) 2 persons
  • BS 10012 Personal Information Management System Lead Auditor 6 person
  • e-Enterprise Planner 1 person
  • Patent Attorney 1 persons
  • Professional Procurement Personnel 10 persons
Areas of Policy and Legal Research
  • Science and Technology Development and Industrial Development
  • Science and Technology R&D Program
  • Intellectual Property
  • e-Commerce
  • Digital Convergence
  • Cyber Security Administration
  • Culture and Creativity
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology and Medicine
  • Emerging Technology Applications
  • Public Procurement
  • Innovation and Startup
Achievements and Contributions

Drafting of Laws and Regulations Commissioned by Government Agencies:

Science & Technology R&D

  Industrial Technology Development Law (Draft), Science and Technology Protection Law (Draft), etc.

Technology Development Program (TDP)

  Regulations Governing Promotion by Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Development of Industrial Technologies by Research Institutions, Regulations for Promoting the Development of Industrial Technologies by Enterprises, Regulations Governing Ownership Attribution and Utilization of Research and Development Outcomes Achieved Under Scientific and Technological Research and Development Programs Mandated or Subsidized By the Ministry of Economic Affairs and its Subordinate Authorities, etc.

Information and Communications

  Fundamental Communications Act, National Communications Commission Organization Act, Anti-Spam Act (Draft), Ubiquitous Network Society Basic Act (Draft), etc.


  Guidelines for e-Commerce Policy, Electronic Signatures Act and its bylaws, Required and Prohibited Items in Standard Contracts for Online Transactions of Retailers (Draft), Personal Information Management and Privacy Logo System, etc.


  Government Document Digitization Act (Draft), e-Invoice Implementation Regulations, Document and File Management Computerization (Amendment), etc.

Information Security

  Includes government or industry IS specifications, issues concerning the legal system of enterprise IS internal controls, issues related to the legal system for cybercrime, issues concerning the legal system for personal data protection, and the strategies and implemental plans of the legal system for information security promotion.


  Genetically Modified Technology Act (Draft), Genetically Modified Technology R&D Management Regulations (Draft), Human Organ Depository Management Regulations (Draft), etc.

Culture and Creativity

  Statutes for Digital Content Industry Development Act (Draft), Regulations Governing the Classification of Computer Software, Standard Contracts of Online Games, Cultural and Creative Industry Development Act and its bylaws, etc.

Intellectual Property Rights

  Patent Examination Guidelines for Computer Software-Related Inventions, Taiwan Intellectual Property System (TIPS), Enterprise Intellectual Property Reports, etc.

Recommendations Regarding the Enactment and Revision of Laws and Regulations

  • 1997 
    Promoted the amendment of the Copyright Act since December 1997 to cope with the development of the Internet (the amendment was promulgated in 2003)
  • 1998
    Promoted the enactment of Article 6 of the Fundamental Science and Technology Act since April 1998 (the law was promulgated in January 1999)
  • 1999
    Promoted the enactment of the Government Scientific and Technological Research and Development Results Ownership and Utilization Regulations by Academic Institutions since January 1999 (the regulation was promulgated in February 2000)
    Promoted the amendment of the Fundamental Science and Technology Act to preclude the application of Article 4 of the Government Procurement Act on specific government-funded science and technology R&D programs since May 1999 (the amendment was promulgated in May 2003).
  • 2000
    Promoted the enactment of the Domain Name Dispute Settlement Regulations since September 2000 (the regulation was promulgated in March 2001)
  • 2001
    Promoted the enactment of the Electronic Signatures Act since January 2001 (the law was promulgated in November 2001)
  • 2002
    Promoted the amendment of the Criminal Code to include a new chapter (Chapter 36) named Offenses Relating to the Use of Computers and its provisions since September 2002 (the amendment was promulgated in June 2003)
  • 2003
    Promoted the enactment of the Regulations Governing Government-Subsidized Procurement for Scientific and Technological Research and Development since April 2003 (the regulation was promulgated in December 2003)
    Promoted the enactment of the Fundamental Communications Act and National Communications Commission Organization Act since March 2003 (the laws were promulgated in January 2004 and November 2005 respectively)
    Promoted the enactment of the Anti-Spam Act (Draft) since September 2003
  • 2004
    Promoted the amendment of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act to include Articles 40-1 and 40-2 relating to data exclusivity rights of pharmaceutical products since June 2004 (the amendment was promulgated in February 2005)
    Promoted the enactment of the Digital Content Industry Development Act (Draft) since June 2004
  • 2005
    Promoted the amendment of the Patent Act (version of September 2009) to include the provision of experimental use exemption for generic drugs since May 2005
  • 2007
    - Promoted the enactment of the Genetically Modified Technology R&D Management Act (Draft), Regulations Governing the Field Tests of Genetically Modified Aquatic Animals and Plants (the regulation was promulgated in April 2009), Managing Bio-safety Assessment and Plantation & Production of Genetically Modified Plants and Organisms Act (Draft), and Position Paper for Taiwan’s Genetically Modified Technology Management Policy (Draft) to coordinate the legal framework of genetically modified technologies since 2007
    - Promoted the enactment of the Ubiquitous Network Society Basic Act (Draft) since March 2007
  • 2008
    Promoted the Cultural and Creative Industry Development Act and its bylaws since April 2008 (the law was promulgated in February 2010)


Emerging Technology and R&D

The Legal Guide of Technology Transfer”, “The Legal Framework for Hi-tech Industry”, “Statute Index for Technology Development Program (1st to 7th eds.)”, “Management of Science and Technology Versus Legal Strategies”, “Exploring the Inter-tangled Biotechnology Law”“Green Technology and Law”, “A New Perspective on Law and Innovation”, “The Management and Regulation ofGenetic Modification Technology Worldwide” (Vols. 1-3), The Evolution of the Management and Regulation of Genetically Modified Technology in Taiwan and New Trends in the World”, “The Core of Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety and Its Challenges in Practice” , etc.

Internet and Communications

“The Domain Name Dispute Resolution Pamphlet”, “Internet Versus Law”, “A Guide to Multimedia Law”, “Compendium of Cases Involving Domain Name Disputes in Taiwan in 2001”, “Developing Expertise in Internet Law”, “Digital Technology and Law”, “The Application of e-Commerce Law”, “Guide to e-Commerce Law”, “The Future of Digital Technology Law”, “Law in the Digital Age”, “Science and Technology Law in the Next Generation”, “Guide to e-Commerce Operations, Management, Marketing and Law”, “An Easy Handbook of Domain Name Dispute Resolution”, etc.

Intellectual Property

“Legal Guidelines for Digital Content Market in China”, ” Graphical Illustration of Intellectual Property Management”, Decoding Intellectual Property Management”, “Key to Intellectual Property Management”, “Judicial Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Rights in ChinaThe Chapter of Disputes about Unfair Competition”, “Judicial Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Rights in ChinaThe Chapter of Disputes about Technological Contracts”, “Judicial Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Rights in ChinaThe Chapter of Disputes about Intellectual Property”, “Compendium of Rulings in Cases Relating to Business Secrets”, “A Practical Manual of Intellectual Property Rights Management”, “Outlook of EDI Agreement”, etc.


Publishes Science & Technology Law Review monthly since April of 1989.

Chinese and English e-News

Regularly delivers Chinese and English newsletters on legal news related to science and technology via email.


  Provides the latest information concerning worldwide trends of science and technology laws; features keynote research reports, activity information; and delivers online legal consulting services. Related websites are as follows:

  Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service:

  Taiwan Intellectual Property Management System:

 Training Courses

  “The Judicial Yuan Information Law Study Conference” (co-hosted with the Judicial Yuan), “Information Law Training Conference for Public Prosecutors” (co-hosted with the Ministry of Justice), “Science and Technology Law Training Course”, “Training Course for Patent Engineers”, “Workshop for Patent Engineers”, “Training Course of Patent and Technology Analysis”, “Basic Course for Intellectual Property”, “TIPS Intellectual Property Management Personnel Training Course”, “Practical Training Course for TIPS Implementation”, “TIPS Self Appraiser Course”, “Cross-Strait Industrial Law Practical Course”, “Emerging Biotechnology Business Opportunities and Legal Specification Trends Training Course”, “New Generation Energy Law Analysis and Industrial Innovation Opportunities”, “Introduction to e-Commerce and Consumer Protection”, “Introduction to e-Commerce and Web 2.0”, “e-Commerce Law Practical Training”, etc.

Guidance for Enterprises

  Includes Manufacturer Guidance for Establishment of IP Management System, e-Patent Technology League, Patent Guidance Plan for Industries, Patent Development and Promotion Plan for Information Technology Industries, Establishment and Promotion of TIPS, Services for Consultation and Guidance in Technology Law Field, e-Commerce Legal Consultation Services and others.

Domain Name Dispute Resolution

  The STLI has been approved and commissioned by the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to handle Domain Name disputes since 2001.

Infringement Analysis

  The STLI in-house attorneys, familiar with substantive and procedural laws, working together with engineers specializing in information and communication technologies, provide professional infringement analysis services.

Our Vision

  Since its establishment, the growth of the STLI has developed in tandem with the creation of legal and regulatory environments for technology and emerging industries. The highly competent professionals of the STLI have maintained a belief in innovation, compassion and effectiveness, and have closely followed and participated in the creation of a sound legal environment for technology and emerging industries.

  The dedication of these professionals has enabled the STLI to maintain and expand its core competence in areas such as technological and industrial development, science and technology R&D systems, technology transfer, intellectual property rights, ICT infrastructure, information security, e-commerce, and emerging technologies, as well as international trade and competition. For the past decade, the STLI has devoted itself to monitoring the latest worldwide trends in legal and regulatory systems and guiding Taiwan’s industries towards the global market.

  In the future, the STLI will continue to enhance and expand its research capabilities and professional expertise, while at the same time keeping pace with international legal and regulatory practice.

  The goal of the STLI is to become a leading think tank in the Asia-Pacific region that is focused on enhancing science and technology laws and policies and promoting general industry-wide legal systems.