In the first half of 2022, TIPO received a total of 34,753 patent applications for invention, utility model, and design patents, marking a 1% decrease from the same period last year, whereas trademark applications grew slightly by 0.4%.
The number of invention patent applications, accounting for a majority of all patent applications received by TIPO, saw a growth of 2% compared to the same period last year (Table 1). The increase is mainly due to the growth in non-resident applications.
In terms of non-resident applications, those for invention patents grew by 6%, accounting for the majority of all patent applications (Table 1). Of these, Japan took the lead with 6,193 invention patent applications among the top 5 filling countries (regions). The USA (3,759 cases) saw double-digit growth at 16%, and the others also registered positive growth except for mainland China (Figure 1).
The resident applications, most of the top 10 invention patent applicants were enterprises. TSMC (1,163 cases) outnumbered other applicants for sixth consecutive year. Both Nanya (249 cases) and Innolux (179 cases) reached their respective all-time-high records and best rankings ever since TIPO first published the record in 2016.
As for top non-resident applicants, Applied Materials filed 437 invention patent applications and saw a growth of 44%, outnumbering all other applicants (Figures 2).
Compared to the same period (first half) last year, trademark applications received by TIPO shows a 0.4% increase; the number of classes covered also showed a 2% increase. The number of resident applications was up by 4%, while that of non-residents was down by 11% (Table 1). The share of resident applications was 78%, making a 2% increase over the same period last year.
In terms of application classes, resident applicants filed the most applications in Class 35 “Advertising, Business Management, Retail and Wholesale Services, etc.” and saw the highest growth rate with 67% in Class 30 “Coffee, tea, pastries, etc.” (Figure 4).
On the other hand, non-resident applicants filed the most trademark applications (2,329 cases) in Class 9 “Computer and Technology Products, etc.” and saw the highest growth rate with 11% in Class 42 “Scientific and Technological Services and Research.” (Figure 5).