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Results of online patent auction platform unveiled

By Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Science and Technology yesterday released the results of the nation’s largest online patent auction, saying the platform had helped to connect academia and industry over the four years it has been in operation.

Taiwan Academic IPRs Online Auction, which facilitates the sale of intellectual property developed by universities, was commissioned by the ministry and in 2012 was launched by National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) to bridge the gap between academic research and the needs of industry, Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration and Science Park Affairs director Chiou Chyou-huey (邱求慧) said.

“There have been more than 10,000 patents issued to university researchers since 2011, but the lack of a matching service has impeded technology transfers and industrial applications for outstanding academic achievements,” Chiou said.

The online platform is Taiwan’s largest patent-auction platform, and more than 4,000 technology transfer deals have been carried out with a value of NT$73.41 million (US$2.27 million), with transfers expected to hit NT$1 billion in four years, Chiou said.

A fast-booting technology and a people detection and counting system are among the highlights of the collaborations between academia and industry formed through the platform.

National Chung Cheng University computer science professor Lo Shi-wu (羅習五) demonstrated a fast booting technology that can launch an Android or Linux device in six seconds.

The technology can significantly reduce the size of a hibernating file and therefore reduce loading time by four to five times, and it can be applied to various smart devices, particularly automotive electronics and smart TVs and/or set-up boxes, Lo said.

“Our fast-booting technology can ensure a fixed booting time. No matter how many applications are installed or executed on a device, the booting time would remain the same,” Lo said.

Computer networking company E-Media Communications Corp acquired the rights for the technology, which is expected to generate millions of New Taiwan dollars in profit, the ministry said.

NCTU electronics engineering professor Guo Jiun-in (郭峻因) and industrial computer maker Advantech Co developed a people detection and counting system, which Guo said can enable a surveillance camera to differentiate and count people even in a crowded and visually confusing area such as a mall or an airport.

“The system could help detect terrorist attacks, as it is designed to track people with unusual behavior, such as dropping a backpack and leaving it behind. The system can also be used in vehicular software, as it can detect pedestrians or vehicles that drivers might overlook,” Guo said.

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