Global Patent Strategies | ACER ESG
Continuous innovation is a core value for Acer, as through it, we can gain a competitive edge. Our patent strategy is to invest resources in continuous innovative R&D, building a patent network and demonstrate the beneﬁts of our patents while also establishing a set of strict patent measures to protect our R&D achievements.
Global Patent Strategies
To safeguard the R&D and innovation result, Acer continues to implement global patent strategies. As of the end of December 2022, 7,656 patents were granted in various countries, including at least 3,400 granted patents in Taiwan and at least 1,300 granted patents in the unties states. Acer's domestic patent applications and issued patents in Taiwan have remained among the top ﬁve domestic legal entities for four consecutive years.
Accumulated patents granted worldwide
Accumulated patents granted in Taiwan
Accumulated patents granted in the US
Acer’s Patent Protection Measures
Regular patent education and training
General staﬀ have specialist knowledge in their own ﬁelds, but to ensure that all have a basic knowledge and understanding of intellectual property rights, Acer regularly holds internal training on patent-related issues.
Occasional patent seminars
In response to changes in patent laws and egulations or the inﬂuence of litigation practices of major foreign companies, Acer occasionally holds patent seminars and invites professional foreign patent attorneys and industry professionals to share the international trends.
Establish an ePatent system to manage patent case information electronically
Acer is equipped with an ePatent system to manage all of our patents electronically. In addition to allowing all patent cases to be ﬁled through it, the ePatent system can also be used to check basic information regarding patent cases and stay on top of patent status.
Electronically-managed R&D logs
Having dealt with the challenges of managing, preserving, and querying paper-based R&D logs, Acer has established an eBook system as a replacement. Each member of the R&D team can set up their own log by logging into the system, with subsequent management, preservation, and querying a much simpler matter.
Encourage employees to innovate and create
To encourage employees to engage in inventive and creative work, Acer has established the Invention Incentive Scheme. In addition to a general patent application bonus and approval bonus, speciﬁc awards include an annual patent excellence bonus.
Establish a patent evaluation process to control patent quality
Patent engineers conduct technology analysis to ﬁlter out proposals that meet the novelty and inventive patent requirements with high innovation and high product application value and the country of the patent application will be determined through the patent evaluation meeting.
Beneﬁts of Patent Strategy
The use of patent awards, medals, and certiﬁcates encourages employees to engage in invention and creativity.
Demonstration of technical drive
Technology R&D is the main driving force for the survival and growth of our business, and that R&D must be linked with demonstrations of technical drive through patent applications.
Only with the protection of patent rights can we gain a secure edge in the market and keep our products competitive.
Exclusion of competition
The only way to obtain legal exclusivity of technology is to apply for a patent, which prevents competition from counterfeits and facilitates an exclusive market share.
Acer’s patent strategy is primarily defensive in nature. Diﬀerent types of patent portfolios can increase negotiation leverage and reduce the risk of patent litigation.
Increasing patent bargaining power
After accumulating certain degree of patent strength, we are thus in possession of more favorable bargaining chips upon entering patent negotiations.
Income from royalties and disposition
If a patent is licensed or transferred to another entity, royalties or patent transfer fees may be received, creating real economic beneﬁts for the Company.