1 in the nation in terms of patent applications last quarter, the Intellectual Property Office said. TSMC filed 303 patent applications during the July-to-September period, up 35 percent from a year earlier, the office said. US-based chip designer Qualcomm Technologies Inc had the most applications among foreign firms with 234, up 73 percent from a year earlier. In the third quarter, 11,746 patent applications were filed, up 1 percent from a year earlier, making it the seventh consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth, the data showed. Patents are categorized into three groups: invention patents, utility model patents and design patents, with invention patents the most important in terms of the creation of technical ideas.
Source: Taipei Times November 04, 2018 15:56 UTC