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IPR Trends Q4 2015: Patent and Trademark Statistics
2016-03-15
 

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IPR Trends Q4 2015: Patent and Trademark Statistics

2016-03-15

A.Patent Applications 
1.The number of new applications for all three types of patents came down by 2.25% to 20,171 cases.
2.Applications for invention (12,390) and utility model (5,682) patents decreased by 0.6% and 6.76%, respectively. Design (2,099) applications, conversely, grew by 1.11% (Table 1).
3.The number of invention applications (5,198) filed by residents dropped by 5.18%, whereas those filed by non-residents (7,192) went up by 2.99% (Table 1).
4.Breakdown by country, Japan (3,081) topped the list, followed by the US (2,046), South Korea (449), China (402), and Germany (342) (Fig.1).

 

Patent

 

 

Q4

Q1-Q4

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

Total

Total

20,171

20,635

-2.25

73,627

78,014

-5.62

Resident

11,724

12,336

-4.96

41,869

45,868

-8.72

Non-resident

8,447

8,299

+1.78

31,758

32,146

-1.21

Invention

Total

12,390

12,465

-0.60

44,415

46,378

-4.23

Resident

5,198

5,482

-5.18

17,282

19,054

-9.30

Non-resident

7,192

6,983

+2.99

27,133

27,324

-0.70

Utility Model

Total

5,682

6,094

-6.76

21,404

23,488

-8.87

Resident

5,319

5,696

-6.62

20,138

22,135

-9.02

Non-resident

363

398

-8.79

1,266

1,353

-6.43

Design

Total

2,099

2,076

+1.11

7,808

8,148

-4.17

Resident

1,207

1,158

+4.23

4,449

4,679

-4.92

Non-resident

892

918

-2.83

3,359

3,469

-3.17

Trademark

 

Q4

Q1-Q4

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

Total

20,516

19,116

+7.32

78,523

75,933

+3.41

Resident

15,034

14,130

+6.40

57,356

56,217

+2.03

Non-resident

5,482

4,986

+9.95

21,167

19,716

+7.36

Table 1  Patent and Trademark Applications—Residents and Non-Residents

Fig.1  Top 5 Nations Filing Applications for Invention, Design Patents and Trademark Registration

 

5.The top five domestic corporations applying for invention patents were Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (333), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) (291), Inventec (181), Metal Industries Research & Development Center (MIRDC) (118), Acer (89). Hon Hai (83) and AU Optronics (74), however, dropped a few notches to the 6th and 8th place, respectively (Fig.2). 
6.As for foreign corporations, Intel (393) topped the list, followed by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (104), Tokyo Electron (98), Nitto Denko (91), and Applied Materials (90) (Fig.2).
7.Invention applications filed by domestic corporations (3,373) and individual applicants (614) were down by 8.71% and 7.53%, respectively. Conversely, those filed by universities (591) were up by 4.60%, with Far East University (76) topping the list. Domestic research institutes (620) also saw growth by 11.11% and took up 3 seats in the top ten (Table 3, Fig. 2, Fig.3).

 

 

 

Applications

Number ofrequests for substantive examination

Number of conclusions

Number pending

First Office Actions issued

Average pendency for first office action

(months)

Average disposal pendency

(months)

2013

49,218

43,395

67,346

128,902

64,958

28.46(Dec.)

38.12(Dec.)

2014

46,378

41,168

70,206

100,041

62,413

21.16(Dec.)

29.68(Dec.)

Q3 2014

12,465

11,477

18,252

100,041

15,390

21.16 (Dec.)

29.68 (Dec.)

Q1-Q4 2014

46,378

41,168

70,206

100,041

62,413

21.16(Dec.)

29.68(Dec.)

Q3 2015

12,390

11,295

18,040

72,510

14,827

14.99(Dec.)

22.88 (Dec.)

Q1-Q4 2015

44,415

40,489

68,369

72,510

59,366

14.99(Dec.)

22.88(Dec.)

Q1-Q4 2015 vs. Q1-Q4 2014 (%)

-4.23%

-1.65%

-2.62%

-27.5%

-4.88%

-6.17

-6.80

Table 2  Processing Status for Examination of Invention Patent Applications

 

 

 

Q4

Q1-Q4

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

Far East University

76

13

484.62

107

44

+143.18

National Tsing Hua University

30

49

-38.78

123

149

-17.45

Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology

26

26

0.00

95

94

+1.06

Nan Kai University of Technology

26

17

+52.94

45

30

+50.00

National Chiao Tung University

23

20

+15.00

105

96

+9.38

National Cheng Kung University

19

31

-38.71

101

87

+16.09

National Taiwan University

8

36

-77.78

38

137

-72.26

Table 3  Top Invention Patent Filing Domestic Universities 

Fig.2  Top 10 Invention Patent Filing, Domestic and Foreign Applicants

 

Fig. 3  Invention Patent Applications Filed by Residents

B.Patent Grants 

1.The number of patent grants for all three types of patents increased by      2.73% at 20,469 cases (Table 4).
2.Patent grants for invention (13,235) and design (2,032) increased by 6.57% and 10.43%, respectively. However, patent grants for utility model (5,202) decreased by 8.21% (Table 4).
3.The number of invention patents granted to residents (5,867) and non-residents (7,368) went up by 2.11% and 10.42%, respectively (Table 4).
4.Breakdown by country, Japan (3,259) came out on top, followed by the US (2,142), South Korea (489), China (355), and Germany (295) (Fig.4).
5.In the number of granted invention patents, the top five domestic corporations were Hon Hai (462), ITRI (189), Wistron (153), AU Optronics (128), and TSMC (125) (Fig.5). The top five foreign corporations were Intel (239), Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (174), Apple (123), Tokyo Electron (119), Toshiba (86), and Qualcomm (86) (Fig.5).

 

Patent

 

 

Q4

Q1-Q4

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

2015

2014

Growth Rate (%)

Total

Total

20,469

19,926

+2.73

78,090

76,255

+2.41

Resident

11,873

11,995

-1.02

46,486

47,848

-2.85

Non-resident

8,596

7,931

+8.38

31,604

28,407

+11.25

Invention

Total

13,235

12,419

+6.57

48,318

45,603

+5.95

Resident

5,867

5,746

+2.11

21,438

21,340

+0.46

Non-resident

7,368

6,673

+10.42

26,880

24,263

+10.79

Utility Model

Total

5,202

5,667

-8.21

22,106

23,713

-6.78

Resident

4,886

5,290

-7.64

20,790

22,486

-7.54

Non-resident

316

337

-16.18

1,316

1,227

+7.25

Design

Total

2,032

1,840

+10.43

7,666

6,939

+10.48

Resident

1,120

959

+16.79

4,258

4,022

+5.87

Non-resident

912

881

+3.52

3,408

2,917

+16.83

Table 4  Patent Grants—Residents and Non-Residents

Fig.4  Top 5 Nations in the Number of Invention Patent Grants

 

 

Fig.5  Top 10 Invention Patent Grants Domestic and Foreign Applicants

 

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