Governance

Intellectual Property Management Plan

As striving for the relentless success been AUO’s fundamental business philosophy, innovation becomes the key factor for pursuing excellence in implementing AUO’s operations. Thus, the intellectual property right is one of the most important assets owned by AUO.

 

AUO values the intellectual property rights and respect the intellectual property rights of others. By actively managing the intellectual property rights, AUO encourages our members to dedicate themselves in creating valuable innovations and enhancing AUO’s intellectual property portfolio for securing the corporate competiveness and financial interest. AUO also diligently evaluates the intellectual property rights of third parties for minimizing the risk of any potential infringement, and AUO actively litigates against any indiscriminate patent infringement lawsuits to secure the maximum corporate value and interest for the shareholders.

 

1. Patent Management Measures

 

The following procedure shall be followed if the innovation is determined to be protected by filing patent applications:

  1. Applying for the patent in various countries based on the decision of the Innovation Proposal Evaluation Committee.
  2. During the patent prosecution procedure, adequately controlling the process and doing the best to acquire the most appropriate scope of patent protection.
  3. If withdrawal of any patent application becomes an option because of the denial by the authority or any other reasons, the decision of withdrawal shall be made in the meeting in which at least three supervisors of the Intellectual Property Department should be present.

 

After a patent is granted, the following measures shall be adopted:

  1. The Intellectual Property Department shall follow the maintenance procedure and pay fees pursuant to the regulations of the patent offices of relevant countries.

  2. Conducting evaluation on patent assets and producing patent rating analysis report. The Intellectual Property Department shall arrange a patent asset evaluation meeting to review the rating.

  3. Planning the project for exploitation of patent assets and effective disposition of patent assets based on the overall demand of patent asset management.

 

2. Trade Secret Management

 

Confidentiality measures shall be adopted on the company documents and information which have been classified as confidential. If any innovation is determined to be protected by trade secret, the following measures shall be taken:

 

  1. Arranging said innovation, marking said innovation as confidential and managing said innovation as confidential documents.
  2. Signing a trade secret agreement concerning said innovation with the proposer of said innovation and informing the proposer that said innovation is the valuable confidential information of the company which shall be managed based on the confidentiality policy.

 

3. Creation of an Innovative Environment

 

  1. The Intellectual Property Department shall be responsible for providing the system and platform relating to innovations and patents, the functions of which shall include: track on the number of innovation proposal, statistics and analysis, patent application and patent management and patent strategy platform.
  2. The Intellectual Property Department shall be responsible for education, training and propaganda of topics relating to intellectual property rights. The courses of intellectual property rights shall be divided into compulsory courses and elective courses based on the positions of the employees and actual demand.
  3. The Intellectual Property Department shall hold intellectual property innovation activities and provide rewards to the innovator of each intellectual property right, including patent reward, trade secret reward and reward for publication of a copyrighted work.

 

4. Risk Management Mechanism

 

A proper mechanism in compliance of the related regulations should be implemented for providing information of IP risk and opportunity monitoring, and the mechanism should also provide the criteria to the decision makers for determining the value/risk of the related IP matters.

 

 

Implementation Status

The Intellectual Property Department will reports the implementation status regarding the intellectual property rights to the Board of Directs in the first Board meeting each year. The Intellectual Property Department will also take appropriate measure and adjustment according to the suggestions received in the Board meeting.

 

The Intellectual Property Department will continuously devote its dedication to the intellectual property management plan. The implementation status of the plan is as follows::

  1. “Intellectual Property Management Outline” has been prescribed and implemented, which contains clear regulations regarding intellectual property policy, the protection scope and ownership of intellectual property rights, intellectual property management and rewards.
  2. “Innovation and Patent Management Policy” has been prescribed and implemented, which contains sufficient explanations on the grounds for management, organization, scope of duty, and clear regulations regarding innovation management, patent management, trade secret management and creating the innovative environment.
  3. “Policy of Rewards for Innovation and Invention of Employees” has been prescribed and implemented, under which an evaluation committee is formed to evaluate any innovative proposal and sets out the principle to classify the patent assets. Adequate rewards are also provided to relevant employees who contribute to the innovative proposals and patent assets based on the outcome of relevant meetings.

 

 

To this date, the result and list of intellectual property rights are as follows:

  1. Patent: Until the end of October 2020, the total number of our global patent applications has reached 27,400 while the total number of our patents granted in the world has reached 20,300. In 2020 (until the end of October), we have been granted nearly 500 patents in Taiwan as well as nearly 500 patents in foreign countries.
  2. Trade Secret: Each unit of the company manages the confidential information according to its function and business nature; there are about 1,500 trade secrets related to technology research and development inventions each year.