IP Risk Management
ASE’s success is driven by its continuous quest for innovation and the strengthening of its IP management. To protect its proprietary technologies, trade secrets and patents from theft, misappropriation or infringement, the company has strengthened employees’ IP awareness as well as ensured the inclusion of IP protection measures at work. In addition to regular IP related online and classroom courses, various types of exercises are also conducted to enhance employees’ knowledge and skills on IP protection. The company has established stringent controls in its IT and email systems, and within its facilities, to strengthen security management and mitigate the risk of information leakage. In case of any risk exposures in IP misappropriation or infringement, ASE has in place a robust response mechanism and standard operating procedure to promptly investigate and where appropriate, enforce legal actions to prevent IP misappropriation or infringement by others, so as to protect the company’s IP rights.
ASE respects the legitimate IP rights of others. However, to the extent that the technology is developed independently by ASE or that ASE does not have prior knowledge, it may be uncertain as to whether there may be any potential conflict with others’ IP. To a certain extent, ASE may consider to rely on third party technology and patent licenses. If the technology license cannot be granted due to unacceptable terms and conditions, ASE may be exposed to third party claims for infringement, damages incurred, or the risk of an injunction order. The company may also face customer requests and claims for ASE’s contractual obligations to indemnify for the damages suffered by the customer due to third-party claim for infringement. Therefore, the company will strategically obtain the necessary licenses for specific technologies, and at the same time, the company collects high-quality patents that could be utilized for defense against litigation or cross-licensing, so as to ensure the freedom of operation.
ASE’s patent portfolios comprise a variety of technologies related to semiconductor packaging and testing, and electronics manufacturing. As of January 31, 2020, ASE has a total of 5,707 patents, of which 2,440 were granted in Taiwan, 1,689 were granted in the U.S., 1,545 were granted in PRC and 33 were granted in other countries. There are a total of 1,473 pending patent applications, including 154 in Taiwan, 503 in the U.S., 786 in PRC and 30 in other countries.
ASE has applied and registered several trademarks in Taiwan, the United States, China and the EU which include “ASE”, “aCSP”, “ a-EASI”, “a-fcCSP”, “aQFN”, “a-QFN”, “a-S³”, “a-TiV”, “aWLP”, “a-WLP”, “iSiP”, “iWLP”, “aSiM”, “SiP-id”, “SPIL”, “”, “環電”, “”, “環旭”, “环旭”, “環鴻”, “环鸿”, “HSiP”, “”, “”, “”, “XnBay”, “Emerald” and “”.
The above are registered trademarks in Taiwan.
At least once a year, the ASE management team reports to the Board of Directors on the progress of the IP management plan and implementation, and sets forth improvement measures based on the Board’s recommendations. The most recent reporting date is October 15, 2020.