Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, retained the title as the most prolific applicant for invention patents in Taiwan in the first half of the year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Tuesday.
In the first six months of the year, the number of patent applications for inventions, utility models, and designs, among others, was 33,954, down 4 percent from the same period last year, due mainly to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on industrial research and development, the ministry's Intellectual Property Office said.
From January to June, TSMC filed 375 applications for invention patents, the highest number in the country, retaining its place and the most prolific applicant for that period for the fourth consecutive year, the office said.
Integrated circuit designer MediaTek Inc. had the second highest number of filings for invention patents applications by Taiwan companies, at 211, followed by flat-panel maker AU Optronics Corp., with 210, according to data from the office.
Among foreign corporations, U.S.-based Qualcomm Inc. was the top applicant for invention patents, filing 304 applications, while Ford Motor Co. led in design patent applications, with 114 filings, the data showed.
In terms of countries, Japan was the top patent applicant, filing 6,105 applications, and it also filed the largest number of design patent applications, at 497, according to the data.
From January to June, domestic applicants filed 32,843 trademark applications, the highest number since 2000 and a 10 percent increase from the same period last year, the data showed.
Meanwhile, the number of trademark applications filed by foreign applicants fell 12 percent year-on-year to 10,542 in the six-month period, due to the adverse effects of COVID-19, the office said.