Intellectual property (IP) rights are the results of extensive research and development. Therefore IP management is an important aspect of a company's innovation management. Effective IP management helps to maintain ASE's leading position in corporate innovation.
ASE's IP management is closely embedded into its overall business operation planning and implementation to form a continuous innovation cycle consisting of "business opportunity", "R&D" and "IP management and utilization". The innovation cycle includes the following three phases:
As of January 31, 2017, we own more than 3,900 patents. Our Patent Portfolio includes 2,020 Taiwan patents, 945 U.S. patents, 996 PRC patents, and 17 patents from other countries, related to a variety of packaging and testing technologies and electronic manufacturing service technologies.
ASE's patent quality also received external recognition. For 10 consecutive years (2007-2016), ASE was selected by IEEE as "The world's top 20 semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies in the Patent Power Scorecards", which demonstrated ASE's balance of its patent quantity and quality.
To encourage employees to innovate, ASE offers an excellent reward system that motivates employees to achieve personal-growth as well as enhance the company's productivity and competitiveness. With a diversified reward system, combined with strategic use of the company's intellectual property rights, the company has created many highly valuable intellectual properties.