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Intellectual Property Rights Management

Intellectual Property Rights Management

Intellectual Property Rights Management Policy

Wistron places great importance on the management of intellectual capital. We have strengthened our R&D capabilities, introduced high value added products and technical services for innovative functions, and improved manufacturing efficiency and quality through the intellectual property rights management policy. Wistron establishes, accumulates, maintains, and manages a comprehensive IP portfolio for the future. Furthermore, we use risk management to enhance the competitive capabilities of the Company and increase profits. In the future, we will continue to implement our intellectual capital management plan by integrating the Company’s strategic considerations and operating goals to implement the real time production, management, and monetization of intellectual property rights.

Wistron's principles regarding intellectual property rights management are as follows:

Patent portfolio management

Wistron’s patent strategy is based on developing a healthy, sustainable and high performing global patent portfolio. As of today, we have an extensive patent portfolio of over 6,000 granted patents worldwide. We protect all technologies, designs, and inventions developed by the Company through our comprehensive patent portfolio, in order to maintain customer interests.

The patent team does not only work closely with the research and development units, but also gets high-quality ideas and produces goal-oriented invention disclosures through brainstorming meetings, patent big data analysis, invention disclosure review meetings and other related mechanisms. We have established more than two hundred review items to strengthen the review of the patent specification and implement strict management and control of patent quality. The items cover the entire patent prosecutions process to maintain the level of quality of each granted patent. We continue to improve the expertise of patent personnel and the patent knowledge of all employees internally, and evaluate patent firms externally. In order to encourage employees to invent and create, we have stipulated the Invention Reward Regulation to improve services and product quality and functions, strengthen our competitive capabilities, and explore future development opportunities. We provide incentives for inventors and publicly recognize their efforts during our Annual Patent Award Ceremony.

For the quantity and quality control of patents, in addition to home-grown production, co-development, acquisition, and investment for accumulating high value patents, we also drop unused patents. We use consistent standards to quantify patent evaluations, in order to precisely control the scope and value of patents and improve the deployment of our patent portfolio through various indicators. While maintaining a sizable patent portfolio, expanding the scope of technologies, improving patent quality, and increasing the overall value and benefits of patents, we will continue to improve the transparency and integrity of our patent portfolio. Wistron promotes the vitalization of patents to achieve the optimization and value maximization of our patent portfolio and monetization efforts.

Trademark Management

Trademarks are an important representation of Wistron's products and services. Careful trademark layout can consolidate the company's brand image and make the company's brand invincible. Wistron currently has registered trademark protection in 37 major countries around the world, and has trademark layouts on five continents.

Brand sustainability is the best embodiment of corporate sustainability. In order to effectively manage trademarks, Wistron has specially set up a dedicated trademark team, and the trademark team directly contacts offices in various countries on trademark affairs to control trademark costs and effectively manage them. First-hand trademark information from various countries. Wistron's current trademark management focuses on: 

1. Apply for trademark registration according to the company's business development situation, and systematically carry out trademark layout; 
2. Be sure to conduct a trademark search before publishing and using the trademark to avoid accidentally touching other people's trademark rights; 
3. Use the global trademark monitoring system to prevent others from counterfeiting the company's trademarks or free riding; 
4. Evaluate the current use of trademarks and eliminate trademarks that have no economic benefits. 

Through a strict and systematic trademark management system, Wistron has not been sued for trademark infringement by others since its establishment. In order to further strengthen the company's trademark management system, Wistron will officially introduce the credible "Intelligent Property Management Standards (TIPS)" in 2023.

Protect trade secrets and confidential information

Trade secrets and confidential information are important intellectual properties of Wistron. We use related control mechanisms to ensure the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. Apart from maintaining our competitive edge, the protected information provides the drive for innovation and ensures the customer’s rights and interests. No substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data were received by the Company in 2023.

To protect the confidential information of Wistron and our customers, Wistron obtained the information security management system international standard ISO/IEC 27001 certification and implemented management. We conduct social engineering drills once every 6 months to improve employee awareness of phishing emails. The click rate in the 2023 drill has been lowered to 7.1%. Meanwhile, we conduct confidential information and trade secret protection training for all new employees to ensure that employees fulfill our confidentiality commitments to our customers.

Wistron has signed confidentiality agreements with customers and related suppliers. Both parties are required to protect confidential information. In the past 5 years, Wistron has signed an average of 400 to 700 confidentiality agreements every year. Customer information is handled by designated units to reduce the possibility of improper disclosure and leaks. Wistron has also joined the Taiwan Association for Trade Secrets Protection to continue tracking changes to related laws and the industry.

The Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights Management


Wistron has enacted a formal intellectual property rights management policy since 2020. Highlights of Wistron’s management of intellectual property rights matters in 2023 include the following, which have been reported to Wistron’s board of directors on December 21, 2023:

1.Intellectual Property Management Policy Implementation Scenarios for 2023 are listed below:

(1) Patent Management
Wistron evaluates its patent portfolio annually, eliminating obsolete technologies or patents with relatively low overall quality/value (including those that have expired, been sold, or been abandoned), continuing to diversify and revitalize its patent assets, and increasing the number of patent-related programs and/or patent families that participate in and/or report their patents year after year. Wistron's patent portfolio is among the best in the industry, and its overall score in terms of quality and value of patents has improved year by year and outperformed that of many large international companies. 2023 Wistron has been selected as one of the top 100 innovation organizations in the world by ClarivateTM for two consecutive years, and has been selected as one of the top 20 sustainable innovation companies in Taiwan by LexisNexis®.

(2) Trademark Management
The Company's trademark management was introduced into the "Taiwan Intellectual Property Standards (TIPS)" in 2023 and has been verified (valid until December 31, 2024).
Registered trademarks are monitored from time to time through a global surveillance system to grasp information on the use and application of trademarks by others in various countries, and objections to potentially similar trademarks are filed. 80 objection cases have been filed, with a success rate of over 89%.

(3) Protection of Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
In order to protect the confidential information of the Company and its customers, Wistron has acquired the international standard ISO/IEC 27001 for information security management systems and has implemented its management system. Every six months, Wistron conducts social engineering simulation drills to raise employees' awareness of phishing letters. At the same time, all new employees are required to complete education and training on the protection of confidential information and business secrets to ensure that each employee can adhere to the commitment of confidentiality when dealing with customers. In addition, cloud-based digital tools, such as the encryption mechanism, identity identification and authorization principles in Microsoft Office 365, are used to protect confidential corporate documents. We have signed confidentiality agreements with our customers and related suppliers to protect each other's confidential information. Microsoft's SCCM software is used regularly for software inventory. The software license course is a mandatory course for new employees. As of November 30, 2023, the cumulative number of employees who have passed the course is 12,991.
2. Wistron’s intellectual property rights portfolio:
Patent: Wistron owns more than 6,300 multinational patents (covering wider technology/ product fields and countries, and over 90% are invention patents) and designs worldwide.
Trademark: Wistron currently owns about 880 registered multinational trademarks. 750 trademarks were renewed, and 130 have been abandoned.

To enhance Wistron's brand image and brand trust, the focus and goals of the  management policies of 2024 are as follows:

Intellectual  Policy: 
1. Implementing confidentiality management.
2. Strengthening the execution and auditing capabilities of authorized units for intellectual property management.
3. Strengthening the organization's intellectual property concepts and capabilities.
4. Strengthening intellectual property management.
Intelligent management goals:
1. At least one training session on confidential information management.
2. At least one training session on "Intellectual Property Management Audit" for responsible personnel.
3. Update the contents of the "Intellectual Property Knowledge Center" every six months and add case studies in the center.
4. Continue to pass the Taiwan Intellectual Property Management System (TIPS) certification by the Industrial Development Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

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