cens logo

Hon Hai Tops Local Invention-patent Application Volume in Q2, 2015

Jul 29, 2015 | By Quincy Liang

Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co. Ltd., the Taiwan-based major EMS (electronics manufacturing services) provider, topped all local counterparts in the number of patent applications in the second quarter of 2015 in Taiwan, with the company's applications submitted during the period focusing mainly on Internet of Things (IoT) and robot-related fields, according to statistics released by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

IPO says that Internet of Things (IoT) has become the major field for most Taiwanese patent applicants. (photo from Internet)IPO says that Internet of Things (IoT) has become the major field for most Taiwanese patent applicants. (photo from Internet)

Acer Inc., a major personal computer (PC) vendor on the island, ranked second with 95 applications, most of which focused on IoT-related hardware. The IPO said that IoT has become the latest hotbed of technological deployments for information and communication technology (ICT) makers.

Quoting various research data, the IPO said that global shipments of IoT-enabled terminal devices will soon outstrip 50 billion units, to draw almost all major (ICT) vendors to prioritize attention to the lucrative and booming market. The IPO forecasts that the number of IOT-related patent applications will greatly increase over the next few years.

Data from the IPO show that a total of 10,554 invention-patent applications were submitted by local firms in the second quarter, up 0.88 percent from the same period of last year, or year-on-year (YoY), which ended a volume downtrend in the previous four straight quarters. However, the office added, the overall patent applications submitted in the quarter totaled 18,176 cases, down 2.37 percent YoY, due to the declining applications for new-type and design patents.

A senior IPO official attributes the growth of invention patents to local companies' strategy to pursue patent quality rather than quantity. However, he added, one needs more time to observe and make out the developmental trends in the patent application increase. Hon Hai's Chinese subsidiary Hon Fu Precision, on the other hand, ranked 10th in foreign patent applicants in Taiwan with 60 applications, which focuses mainly on computer peripherals and related fields.

The official echoed the IPO's view that IoT has become the new field for Taiwanese patent applicants. In addition, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC), Taiwan's largest silicon foundry, ranked the 6th in number of patent applications in the second quarter, focusing mainly on material and production-process innovations.

Intel Corp. of the U.S. retained its leading position among foreign companies applying for new patents in Taiwan, followed by Applied Materials Inc. (a global leader in supplying manufacturing equipment), Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. (of Japan), Tokyo Electron Ltd. etc. Apple Inc. was the sixth in number of applications in the second quarter; while Samsung Electronics' application volume saw a clear drop to render the Korean company 24th.

In general, the IPO said, applications from the flat panel display (FPD) industry saw a downtrend, an indicator of the increasing maturity of technologies in the sector; while that from makers of handheld mobile devices was mixed.

Top-10 Local Patent Applicants in 2014
Rank Applicant Invention New Type Design Total
1
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
1,081
42
87
1,210
2
Industrial Technology Research Institute
445
24
0
469
3
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
430
0
0
430
4
Acer Incorporated
353
44
18
415
5
Au Optronics Corp.
374
32
5
411
6
Far East University
44
305
1
350
7
Wistron Corporation
280
58
4
342
8
China Steel Corporation
125
111
0
236
9
Inventec Corporation
219
0
4
223
10
Innolux Corporation
191
20
0
211
Source: IPO, MOEA
Top-10 Foreign Patent Applicants in 2014
Rank         Applicant Invention New Type Design Total
1
Nitto Denko Corporation
466
3
0
469
2
Applied Materials, Inc.
443
8
4
455
3
Lg Chem, Ltd.
419
0
0
419
4
Fujifilm Corporation
368
25
6
399
5
Intel Corporation
394
0
0
394
6
Tokyo Electron Limited
361
0
4
365
7
Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
337
0
20
357
8
Qualcomm Incorporated
311
0
0
311
9
Apple Inc.
259
4
31
294
10
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
271
0
16
287
Source: IPO, MOEA












Industry In-Focus

Photo credit: UDN

Machine tool orders fall, signal concerns

May 17, 2022

Taiwan Machine Tool and Accessory Builders' Association Hsu Wen-hsien said on Monday that prices for international steel, nickel, copper, and other raw materials have soared, coupled with the uncertainty of the Russian-Ukrainian war, domestic machine tool factories' have seen a recent decrease of orders around 20%. The association has decided to adjust the export forecast of machine tools this ye...


Auto parts suppliers brace for order surge post lockdowns</h2>

Auto parts suppliers brace for order surge post lockdowns

May 16, 2022

Auto parts and components were affected by the COVID-prompted lockdowns in various Chinese cities, leading to expected losses in revenue and profit in the first quarter. However, after May, various regions have gradually reopened and resumed work, and auto factories have stepped up the pace of delivering orders. Laster Tech Group and Yingli-KY are among the suppliers optimistic about the performa...


EV-related revenue to bolster new growth records: Chroma Corp.</h2>

EV-related revenue to bolster new growth records: Chroma Corp.

Apr 29, 2022

Measuring instrument maker Chroma Corporation reported significant growth due to the company's increased investment in electric vehicle applications at its earnings call and estimated that combined revenue trends for turnkey applications could remake company history in the future. Chroma Corp. said that 54% of Q1 revenue came from measuring instruments and automated inspection equipment, follo...



Industry Reports

Photo credit: UDN/Reuters

Automotive makers look at solar energy sector for new opportunities

May 09, 2022

Hotai Group has been actively developing clean energy solutions, with its subsidiary He Jun Energy as a primary focus. The capacity of solar energy installations this year is expected to reach 50,000KW, and the profit and loss are expected to be even in the second year. With carbon rights becoming the future trend, the development of the solar energy business has become at the forefront for the a...


Photo credit: EDN

Chip shortages continue to hamper automotive imports

May 04, 2022

With chip shortages still hampering the global automotive sector, major car manufacturers expect a shortage of cars, leading to significantly decreasing imported numbers. The total sales volume in the market is currently at 35,200 units, an annual decrease of 7%. The TOYOTA and LEXUS brands under Hotai Motors have reached 12,500 units, the MITSUBISHI and CMC brands of China Motor Corporation ...


Photo credit: UDN/AP

Delayed container ship production could worsen shipping in 2023

May 03, 2022

The new regulations on shipping carbon emissions are set to come into effect next year, and with the number of global container ships over 20 years old will reach 8.2%, experts warn there will be a wave of elimination of old ships starting as early as this year. However, the supply and production of these ships have been hampered by China's strict zero-COVID policy and the Russian-Ukrainian wa...



Supplier News

Young Shang thrives beyond obstacles</h2>

Young Shang thrives beyond obstacles

Apr 28, 2022

OVERVIEW The spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has made a deep impact across all sectors. As health authorities and scientists around the world work towards identifying solutions to bring the situation under control, demand for Food Packaging solution has increased dramatically as consumers attempted to stay away from public gatherings. This has led to let food producers requiring m...

YOUNG SHANG PLASTIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD.


Tair Wang's zinc die-casting and CNC OEM products. (Photo courtesy of Tair Wang)

Tair Wang offers high-quality zinc die casting products for OEM and low-volume high-mix needs

Apr 15, 2022

Founded in 1978, Tair Wang Enterprise Co., Ltd. is a zinc die-casting manufacturer with ISO 9001 quality certifications. With an excellent reputation among domestic and global buyers as a professional OEM manufacturer, Tair Wang has actively expanded its businesses abroad in the past decade by providing high-quality products and services for its clients. General Manager Lawrence Lee said that...

TAIR WANG ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.


ALTA-PRO CO., LTD. </h2><p class='subtitle'> Air spray guns, air paint guns, airless spray gun and related accessories</p>

ALTA-PRO CO., LTD.

Air spray guns, air paint guns, airless spray gun and related accessories

Apr 06, 2022

After over 20 years of devotion to developing and making air spray guns and related accessories, ALTA-PRO Co., Ltd. is well recognized as a globally prestigious supplier in Taiwan, offering HP series spray guns, HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray guns, LVLP (low volume low pressure) spray guns, airless spray guns, automatic guns, dry blow guns & air brushes, and related accessories as nozzles,...

ALTA-PRO CO., LTD.



Insiders' Views

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.</h2><p class='subtitle'>Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd. </p>

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.

Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd.

Mar 04, 2021

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd is one of the major manufacturers of automobile friction materials in Taiwan and globally. Chairman Austin Cheng has implemented the double-arrow strategy this year - own brand of “YangPo” is adopted to focus on global channels while the “NHC brand focuses on improving market shares in global markets, such as Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle E...

NAN HOANG TRAFFIC INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.


OmniEyes CEO and Co-Founder Chun-Ting Chou. (Photo courtesy of OmniEyes)

OmniEyes' AI Technology Paves the Way for Traditional Industries' Digital Transition

Dec 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the industries' timeline for implementing digital transformation. However, the how's and what's of applying new technologies and improving the added value to existing products and services can be daunting. Three professors from the National Taiwan University College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science founded the startup company "OmniEyes," basi...


Caption: Pictured from front row, third right, Changhua County Government Economic Affairs Department Director Liu Yu-ping, County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei, Secretary Chen Bo-tsun pose in front of the exhibition booth. (Photo provided by CHCIA)

Changhua County Government Shores up Biz-Matching to Global Buyers

Nov 18, 2019

■Yang Feng-Chun In a bid to assist manufacturers in Changhua County to expand their market reach overseas against severe competition in the globalized market, Changhua County Government has been an active player in pushing for a makeover and innovation of its local small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in hopes of establishing stronger connection with international markets. An ex...



Exhibition Highlights

 INTERMACH & SUBCON Thailand 2022 Prepared to promote business partnerships and to promote Thailand to be an industrial center towards sustainable development</h2>

INTERMACH & SUBCON Thailand 2022 Prepared to promote business partnerships and to promote Thailand to be an industrial center towards sustainable development

May 19, 2022

After the opening of the Intermach-Subcon Thailand 2022 Machinery Technology and Subcontracting Industry Exhibition For the procurement of leading ASEAN parts held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) today (18 May 2022), Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit,, Secretary General of the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), stated that the board recognises the importance of develo...


Photo credit: Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt reschedules CAPAS 2022 and Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo 2022

May 06, 2022

In view of the evolving pandemic situation in China, the Government has escalated a number of COVID-19 prevention and control measures. To align with these efforts, Messe Frankfurt is rescheduling two of its Mobility & Logistics fairs in the country. CAPAS Chengdu will move to 18 – 20 August 2022, instead of the original timeslot (19 – 21 May 2022). In addition, the Auto Maintenance and Repair...


2022 Taipei AMPA four-day event attracted many buyers and attendees to the in-person show grounds. Photo credit: TAITRA

Taipei AMPA an astounding success – Taiwan is Back in Business!

Apr 27, 2022

The 4-day 2022 Taipei AMPA and Autotronics Taipei physical show closed out on a high note, with visitors coming from the automotive industry, auto electronics department, as well as other branches in connection with the automobile market. Nearly 600 exhibitors came to the physical show, and over 1300 booths were occupied. Combined with nearly 190 exhibitors on the online show AMPA DigitalGo, t...