By: Liao Yu-yang and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 29 (CNA) Taiwan’s second-biggest flat panel maker, AU Optronics Corp.
(AUO), remained the big6gest applicant for invention patents in Taiwan in the first quarter of 2019, while Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. remained the foreign company with the most local invention patent filings, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said Monday.
A total of 8,696 applications were submitted by Taiwanese citizens and companies in Q1, down 5 percent compared with the same period of last year, while 8,547 were filed by foreign nationals and companies, up 0.1 percent year-on-year, according to IPO statistics.
AUO filed 187 invention patent applications during the first quarter, up 41 percent from a year earlier and the eighth consecutive quarterly increase, the statistics showed.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, was second among domestic companies, with 163 invention patent applications in the three-month period, up 68 percent from a year earlier, while PC brand Acer Inc. came in third with 96 applications, up 23 percent year-on-year. [FULL STORY]