Intellectual Property Management Plan
To protect the output of the Company’s intellectual property, reduce the risk of operating infringement, and achieve the purpose of sustainable operation, the intellectual property management plans formulated by MACHVISION include “Basic Intellectual Property Policies” and “Intelligent Property Management and Protection Measures” and “Linkage between Operational Objectives and Intellectual Property Rights”, respectively, which are detailed as follows:
Basic Policy on Intellectual Property Rights
In the process of business development, the Company shall make sure that technology, innovation, and know-how are fully protected and that it will not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others.
Management and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
1. When an employee enters into an “employee agreement” on the first day of his/her employment, the Company shall notify him/her that he/she shall keep all information of the Company confidential and shall not bring the former employer’s trade secrets to the Company; in addition, the ownership of intellectual property rights arising from an employee’s position is clearly defined in the documents separately signed with the employee.
2. When entering partnership with an external unit or a new supplier, the Company shall sign a non-disclosure agreement with the unit/supplier to ensure that the Company is not exposed to any risk of leaks of confidential information. When employees participate in major projects that require confidentiality during employment, they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement separately.
3. The image files, software programs, and electronic documents generated within the Company shall be encrypted. They may be decrypted for transmission externally only after being reviewed by the department head or MIS department.
4. The Company has access control systems, including face recognition, card readers, and CCTV, set up at all entrances/exits and elevators to control the time of entry/exit and all office floors. For visitors, their mobile phone lens and laptop sockets shall be sealed with stickers before they enter the Company.
5. On the premise that costs are under control, the Company has established relationships with well-known patent and trademark firms in major markets by hiring legal counsels and providing patent and trademark applications, so as to respond in the first place in case of litigation.
6. Courses on intellectual property rights are held to promote the concept of intellectual property rights to colleagues.
Linkage between Business Goals and Intellectual Property Rights
1.At the Company, the Intellectual Property Department is responsible for making patent searches for R&D cases, assisting the R&D team in designing around and obtaining patent rights, and checking and maintaining intellectual property cases. Whenever necessary, the Intellectual Property Department may invalidate/revoke the competitors’ patents to make sure that the Company’ technological development and market share are protected and linked to the business goals. The R&D flowchart is shown below.
2.The R&D flowchart shows that through the management and protection of intellectual property rights, the Company’s R&D and innovation results will contribute to the Company’s revenue in line with the business goals.
The implementation and results are as the following table:
The Intellectual Property Department reported to the Board of Directors on the “Intellectual Property Management Plans” on November 3, 2020, and provided the details of related achievements as the following table:
|1||Patent||Approved||60||59||Among the patents approved in 2020, 55 pieces were invention patents and 5 were utility model patents.|
|Application||9||0||There were a total of 9 applications in 2020, including 6 applications for invention patents and 3 for utility model patents|
|Revocation of patents of competitors||2||3||The Company’s product has been successfully introduced to the market due to revocation of the competitor’s patent of AOI4.0 online testing (based on the date of the court judgment)|
|2||Trademark||Approved||45||15||Compared with 2019, there were more cases approved in 2020 mainly due to the establishment of incubation centers and the successive entry of subsidiaries. Therefore, there were more applications in 2019 and more approved cases in 2020.|
|3||IPR Training||Term||1||0||On December 25, 2020, a course on “Promotion of Awareness and Concepts of Intellectual Property Rights” had been held, and the education video had been provided to all employees of the Company to receive training, such a video would be provided to recruits during their onboard training.
The Course Outline:
1. Understanding Intellectual Property Rights from News Coverages
2. Intellectual Property Rights Policies of the Company
3. Things to be aware of at the Workplaces