According to Taiwan media reports, TSMC today updated the ESG e-Newsletter and mentioned the latest progress in patent layout. TSMC said that it will build a global semiconductor patent map with a full system of patent management. As of May 2022, the total number of patent applications worldwide has exceeded 75,000, and more than 52,000 have been approved. The number of patent applications in Taiwan has been ranked first for six consecutive years and the third largest patent applicant in the United States for two consecutive years.
According to the report, in terms of patent quality, TSMC will have a patent approval rate of over 99% in all parts of the world in 2021, and the U.S. patent approval rate will reach 100%, ranking first among the top 10 patent holders, continuing to strengthen its leading position in technology. Competitive advantage with business.
In order to promote employee innovation and improve the quality of inventions, TSMC has specially set up patent newcomer awards, patent competition awards, special contribution awards and prolific inventor awards. The 2021 patent competition will attract more than 3,300 invention proposals to compete. The Prolific Inventor Award recognizes employees who have been granted more than 100 U.S. patents by their inaugural flagship, and 110 of them have received this honor so far.