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TIPO’s Q4 2020 IPR Statistics Report


In Q4 2020, TIPO received a total of 19,389 applications for invention, utility model and design patents, marking a 4% decrease from the same period last year. Applications for trademark registrations (24,591 cases), on the other hand, saw a growth of 9%, mainly due to a 16% increase in residents’ applications; moreover, applications filed by residents have been experiencing sustained positive growth since the second quarter of 2019 (see Table 1). TSMC and QUALCOMM filed the most invention patent applications among domestic and foreign applicants respectively (see Figure 2). Not only have invention patent applications filed by domestic SMEs been increasing for eleven consecutive quarters now, but those filed by domestic colleges have also surged by 15% as compared to the same period last year.

Patent Applications

  • Invention patent applications filed by domestic enterprises were up slightly from the same period last year and accounted for 72% of all domestic applications filed. Of these, applications by SMEs grew by 14%, marking the eleventh quarter of consecutive growth—a sign that these companies have been continuing to enhance their innovation capabilities in recent years, which is bound to have a positive effect on their competitiveness.

  • As to the domestic applicants themselves, TSMC filed the most invention patent applications (332 cases) (see Figure 2), outnumbering other domestic applicants for the sixth year in a row, while ACER filed the most design patent applications (32 cases) (see Figure 3).

  • Invention patent applications filed by domestic colleges increased by 15%. NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY filed 42 applications, thereby reclaiming the top spot.

  • Invention patent applications filed by domestic research institutions were down. ITRI filed the most applications with 183 cases.

  • As for non-resident applications, Japan remained at the top with 2,929 invention patent applications and 279 design patent applications, while mainland China filed the most utility model patent applications with 179 cases (see Figure 1). Among the largest filing companies, QUALCOMM and DAF TRUCKS topped the list with 203 cases for invention patent (see Figure 2) and 68 cases for design patent applications (see Figure 3) respectively.

Trademark Applications

  • Applications for trademark registration came to 24,591 cases (encompassing 31,422 classes), an increase of 9% over the same period last year. Applications filed by residents (18,834 cases) went up by 16%, whereas those by non-residents (5,757 cases) decreased (see Table 1).

  • A breakdown by Nice class shows that class 35 (Advertising, business management, retail and wholesale services, etc.) received the most cases (3,489) by resident  applicants. Applications made under the top five classes were up by between 14% and 26% when compared with the same period last year, with class 5 (Pharmaceuticals, etc.) registering the highest growth rate (see Figure 4). Concerning individual applicants, UNI-PRESIDENT took the lead with 306 cases (see Table 2).

  • As to non-resident applications, the USA occupied the top spot with 1,162 applications filed (see Figure 1). Class 9 (Computer and technology products, etc.) led with 1,151 applications filed (see Figure 4). Of all non-residents, APPLE filed the most applications (45 cases)(see Table 3).


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  • Publish Date : 2021-02-20
  • Update : 2021-11-04
  • Organization : International Affairs and Planning Division
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