Intellectual Property Management

The company has established relevant measures for the management of intellectual property rights, actively improves the quality of intellectual property management, and implements confidentiality measures for business secrets.

Intellectual Property Rights Management Plan

Trademark Management Plan

In response to the company's business expansion and increased scope of services, it is necessary to apply for trademarks for the company's main service categories to enhance corporate image and recognition. Trademarks are linked to the company's overall professional image and identity. To maintain the company's external image, the marketing department is responsible for the visual design of trademark images, defining the categories to be applied for, while the business department decides the countries or regions for registration based on business development needs. The legal department handles the application and registration process, responses, and manages and maintains the status of trademark rights applications in various countries.

Trade Secret Management Plan

The Company has established the “Rules for Confidential Information Management” to standardize the classification standards of information documents, the contact levels of each category and the text that should be marked, and has formulated "Rules for Management of Financial and Non-financial Information" and "Rules for Personal Data Protection Management" among other internal regulations, serving as a basis for handling related confidential information within the company.

Employees are required to sign legally binding documents such as employment contracts and confidentiality clauses upon joining. During their tenure, supervisors and personnel who will come into contact with confidential information must regularly undergo education and training for protecting trade secrets to enhance their awareness and reduce the risk of leakage.

Additionally, the HR and IT division will periodically spot-check to ensure compliance with confidentiality measures, such as ensuring drawers are locked, computer screens are covered, important documents and information are properly marked with confidentiality levels and appropriately covered, excluding unnecessary personnel from meetings, and checking the soundproofing of meeting locations.

Copyright Management Plan

According to the copyright laws of Taiwan, the United States, and Japan, the creator originally acquires copyright upon completion of the work. In the Company’s employment contracts with employees, it is agreed that the company is the creator of all works created by employees in the course of their duties, ensuring the company originally acquires the copyright of work contents completed by employees during their duties. In collaborative development projects with clients, the ownership of software outcomes is also agreed upon in contracts.

In Mainland China, while copyright is also originally acquired, there is a separate registration system for computer software copyrights. Subsidiaries in Mainland China, to maintain its high-tech enterprise status, need to obtain invention copyrights there. Therefore, relevant departments continue to handle registration according to internal procedures and annually produce and inventory a list of copyrights.

Patent Management Plan

The essence of patents is to encourage applicants to disclose their technology. Patent applications require disclosing the invention to the patent office to review patentability and the invention are required to be made public 18 months from application, before obtaining patent rights.

Given the Company's focus on assisting clients in software development, where most outcomes belong to the clients, aside from assisting clients in applying for patents when necessary, the company itself does not have a special plan or necessity to apply for patents and currently does not own any. However, subsidiaries in Mainland China need to obtain patents there to maintain its high-tech enterprise status, so relevant departments continue to handle registration according to internal procedures and annually produce and inventory a list of patents.

Execution Results

The Company has reported related intellectual property matters to the Board of Directors during the 5th meeting of 2023 (August 8, 2023), with other specific execution results as follows:

  1. Trademark Rights: The Company has obtained 10 trademark rights in Taiwan , 2 trademark rights in Mainland China, and one trademark right each in Japan, the United States, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. The WITS LOGO trademark has been registered in Taiwan, Mainland China, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Further registrations in other countries or locations will be considered based on business development needs. The trademark for the Company’s mascot has been registered in Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. Copyright: Since 2008, subsidiaries in Mainland China have registered 105 computer software copyrights, with 8 new additions in 2023.
  3. Patent Rights: Subsidiaries in Mainland China have registered 2 invention patents in Mainland China.