Deep & Far Newsletter 2024 ©
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Taiwan IP Updates  V Jan 2024

By Lyndon 


Taiwan Introduces Chip-driven Industrial Innovation Plan

The Executive Yuan has approved a plan to spend NT 300 billion dollars in the next 10 years to fund innovations that would combine the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems and chips.  The plan was briefed to Cabinet members by the National Science and Technology Council and it is expected that the plan will be enabled by cooperation between the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Digital Affairs and the National Development Council.  It was noted that with the rise of generative AI systems, chips have driven the development of the global technology industry and have become a motivator for businesses seeking innovation.  The development of chips would be the key technology for the next industrial revolution.  The plan also lays out strategies to meet the rising challenges in developing next-generation chip technology.  The government is to allocate the abovementioned sum of money from 2024 to 2033 to develop chip technology in order to keep Taiwan at the forefront of technological developments by developing the highest level technology to design advanced chips and accelerate heterogeneous integration of chip designs and interfaces.  The funding would be used to speed up the production of non-silicon-based wafers, as well as the development of chips smaller than 1 nanometer, 3D chip stacking technology and heterogeneous integrated packaging.  The funding would also be used to develop energy-saving applications with high computing power.  Of the NT 12 billion budgeted for 2024, about NT 8 billion would be used to train and attract talent, while NT 4 billion would be used to attract overseas investment in projects combining the use of generative AI systems and chips.  The knock on effect is expected to be a big boost in patent applications.


Taiwan Issues Patent Data for July to September 2023

For the abovementioned time period, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) received a total of 18,310 patent applications (Including invention, utility model, and design patents), marking a 1% increase over the same period last year.  Of these, the number of invention patent applications (12,670) also grew by 1%.  Trademark applications stood at 23,632 cases, with a drop of 7%.  For invention patents, TSMC (443 applications) has topped the list for the eighth year running among resident applicants, while Samsung Electronics (285 cases) leapt to the top of the list of non-resident applicants. Delta (67 applications) saw the highest growth rate with 103%, and Nuvotron (62 applications) hit a new record high. For trademarks, Taishin (264 applications) and Tencent (38 applications) ranked first among resident and non-resident applicants respectively.           

The number of applications for both utility model (3,782) and design (1,858) remained relatively unchanged.  In addition, resident applications for invention patents went up by 1% and non-resident applications for overall patents grew by 1% to 14%.  Most of the top 10 resident applicants for invention patents saw double-digit growth.   In terms of resident applicants for design patents, CGUST (33 applications), the only university in the top 5 applicant list, claimed the top spot for the first time and saw a growth rate of 313%.