Five Taiwanese Entities Have Been Named Among The Top 100 Global Innovators By Global Information Services Provider Clarivate.

(By Jeffrey Wu, Chung Jung-feng and Frances Huang

Five Taiwanese Entities Have Been Named Among The Top 100 Global Innovators By Global Information Services Provider Clarivate, which measured their efforts based on the number of patents filed and secured and the influence their patented ideas have on industry peers.

The five Taiwanese entities that feature in the Top 100 Global Innovators 2021 report — government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., notebook computer ODM service provider Quanta Computer Inc., PC brand Asustek Computer Inc., and contract PC maker Kinpo Electronics Inc. are at the forefront of global technology development.

ITRI is a five-time entrant on the list; Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn on the global market, was named among the global top 100 innovators for the fourth consecutive year; and Quanta earned the title for the third straight year. It was the first time Asustek and Kinpo have been included since Clarivate started publishing the annual report in 2012.

With five entities, Taiwan was tied with South Korea as having the third largest number of innovators on the list, trailing the United States (42) and Japan (29). The annual Clarivate report uses patent data analysis to assess an organization’s innovation strength, market placement strategy, and the influence of research and development technology.

Many big tech companies such as Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Hitachi Ltd., Honda Motor Co., and Samsung Electronics Co. were also on the latest innovator list from Clarivate. In a statement, ITRI President Edwin Liu (劉文雄) said the institute’s repeated recognition as a Top 100 Global Innovator demonstrates the success of its forward-looking R&D, efforts in technology commercialization and the deployment of high-value patent portfolios.

Liu said with its 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap, ITRI will enhance its technology development in three major application domains: Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. For its part, Hon Hai said it spent more than NT$90 billion (US$3.20 billion) in R&D last year. Currently, the company owns more than 40,000 patents worldwide, it added.

According to Clarivate, Hon Hai filed more than 25,000 patent applications over the past five years and secured over 10,000 patents. In the past three years, Hon Hai has secured more than 200 patents that have been approved in multiple countries and regions, including China, U.S., Japan and Europe, Clarivate said.

This news was originally published at Focus Taiwan.