Taiwan received a total of 5,991 patents from the US Patent Trade Office last year, ranking the country fourth in the world for the seventh consecutive year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said yesterday.
The MOEA also said that in terms of patents approved for every one million people, Taiwan ranked second in the world last year.
The nation scored especially well in the semiconductor, LCD and information technology fields, the ministry said in its report to the Legislative Yuan on Taiwan's technology sector.
The report said the number of patents Taiwan received in the areas of semiconductor technology totaled 820 last year, ranking the country third in the world, behind only the US and Japan.
The report said there was a dramatic change last year in terms of the nation's applications for patents in the area of semiconductors, noting that the applications used to be mostly for patents in the area of semiconductor production technology and that Taiwan has made progress in related areas of nanotechnology production.
The report also said that the nation ranked fifth in the world last year in terms of the number of patents received from the US Patent Trade Office in LCD and related technologies.
The number of patents Taiwan received in the computer hardware and software technology fields totaled 279 last year, ranking the country fifth in the world, the report said.
The nation received 106 patents in the area of computer peripherals, ranking it fifth in the world, and 153 patents in the area of information storage, ranking Taiwan fourth in the world.