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Product Design and Development

Product Design and Development

Product Design and Development


Wistron has developed strong R&D and technological innovation capabilities and powered its growth and development with a diverse product portfolio in recent years. These developments have allowed the Company to expand its product portfolio, including portable computer products, desktop computer systems, servers and network storage devices, display products, communication products, and after-sales maintenance services, and to expand its businesses to cloud, vertical integration of display products, and green resources involving scrapped electronic products and renewable resources businesses to become a leading technology service provider (TSP).

We have established a quality management system and policy to ensure product quality. We use enhanced IT system management procedures to implement top-down monitoring, assessment, analysis, and continuous improvements of quality-related indicators and incorporate the Plan-Do-Check-Act management cycle into day-to-day operations and management. The end to end comprehensive services include early stage designs and development to after-sales services after mass production. The services help customers clearly and comprehensively understand the design and manufacturing processes.

Investments in innovative developments

2018 2019 2020 2021
Funds invested in R&D (NT$ hundred million) 144 162 190 208
R&D funding as percentage of revenue (%) 1.62 1.84 2.25 2.41
R&D personnel (number of people) 4354 4556 4896 5350
Percentage of R&D personnel per total employees (%) 5.5% 6.5% 7% 8.5%

Wistron Invention and Innovation Reward Scheme


In order to maintain the competitive edge in innovative technologies, Wistron encourages our employees to continuously improve their engineering capabilities and develop new technologies. The company has stipulated the “Wistron Invention Reward Regulation” to encourage our employees to boldly innovate. The regulation provides incentives in the invention disclosure, patent application, patent grant, and technology licensing stages. An Annual Patent Award Ceremony is held to encourage employees to continue researching and innovating. Wistron will continue to utilize our innovative energy and increase our R&D competitiveness.

Accumulative Number of Patent Applications and Patents Awarded


Wistron continues to develop new innovations and obtain patents. In order to further enhance the quality of the patents, in 2021, Wistron’s internal patent quality control measures reduced the number of patent applications that are less directly related to the Company's R&D or business development. The Company also adopted different patent filing strategies for different technologies and other intellectual property rights protection for technologies that are less suitable for patent protection. These measures have improved the quality of patent applications. In order to implement Wistron’s Green Product Policy, we also included the ideas of green innovation in the development of our products. Among the patents granted in 2021, green product patents with environmentally friendly designs accounted for 15 granted patents.

Patent commendations

2018 2019 2020 2021
Number of patent award winners 320 248 246 237
Number of patent applications 495 532 429 386
Number of granted patents 446 440 459 401
  • Note: Wistron was named one of the Top 100 Global Innovators™ by Clarivate in 2022 and one of the Global 250 by IFI CLAIMS in 2022


Number of patents granted in different countries and the ratio in 2021