Taipei, There were 84,816 applications for trademark registrations in Taiwan in 2018, the most in 18 years, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said Monday.
A total of 59,840 applications were submitted by Taiwanese citizens, down nearly 2 percent compared with the 2017 level, while 24,976 were filed by foreign nationals, up 11 percent year-on-year, IPO data showed.
Last year, China was the largest foreign source of trademark registrations in Taiwan at 5,770, followed by Japan with 4,728, the United States with 4,187, Hong Kong with 1,649, and South Korea with 1,440, according to the agency.
IPO Director-General Hong Shu-min attributed the rise in applications for trademarks by foreign nationals in Taiwan to a large number of applicants from China, as the Chinese government offers subsidies to companies or people who want to apply for patents or register trademarks overseas.
Computer technology firms, cosmetics/detergent enterprises and advertising and business consulting services were the top three sectors from China that applied for patents or trademark registrations in Taiwan last year, she said.
In 2018, the IPO received 73,421 applications for patents, down 1 percent from 2017, according to Hong.
But the number of applications for invention patents that offer greater protection rose 3 percent annually, she said.
Japan, the U.S. and China were the three leading foreign sources of patent applications in Taiwan in 2018 with 14,169, 7,345 and 3,506 respectively, IPO data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel