There were 78,014 patent applications filed with TIPO in total in the year of 2014, wherein 45,868 applications were filed by domestic applicants (a reduction of 9.6% from the total application in 2013, the lowest in 10 years), and 32,146 applications were filed by foreign applicants (a reduction of 1.1% from those in 2013).

  1. Domestic Corporations

The top 3 applicants by number of patent applications filed are:

  1. HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO. LTD. (1,210) (a sharp reduction of 60.8% from applications filed by the company in 2013, mainly because of a shift in the company’s business planning strategy that focuses on quality over quantity, and on patent monetization).
  2. INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (469).
  3. TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. (430).

The top 3 applicants by number of patents granted are:

  1. HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO. LTD. (2,070).
  2. INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (935).
  3. AU OPTRONICS CORP. (860).        
  1. Foreign Corporations:

The top 3 applicants by number of patent applications filed are:

  1. NITTO DENKO CORPORATION (469)
  2. APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. (455)
  3. LG CHEM. LTD. (419) (The number of the patent applications filed by these three companies were up 18.4% to 84.6%, respectively, compared to those in 2013, representing the 5th consecutive annual increase, where the total applications by LG CHEM. LTD. saw a 84.6% (192) increase in 2014)

The top 3 applicant by number of patents granted are:

  1. SONY CORPORATION (467).
  2. TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED (394).
  3. QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (350)

Charles Ma