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NARLabs launches database to enhance patent deployment

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) officially launched an online database Tuesday that profiles thousands of patents and related reports, hoping to give Taiwanese companies a patent deployment edge.

The Innovation Knowledge platform, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, solely focuses on communication patent studies and provides translated and interpreted versions of 3,200 patents in the United States and over 1,000 patent infringement case studies, according to NARLabs.

It intends to add another 3,000 translated patents a year.

Most of Taiwan's companies are small- and medium-sized enterprises, and they often do not have the manpower or financial muscle to do in-depth patent searches at present, according to NARLabs.

Presenting patents in an easily accessible way in a language the companies can understand will help them avoid patent infringement when developing new products and get ideas when applying for one, the organization said.

Taiwan may be a country of invention, but it suffers a deficit in technology patent trade, NARLabs said.

Though every million Taiwanese owned 355.7 patents in the U.S. in 2012, the highest ratio in the world, domestic companies received only NT$30 billion (US$1 billion) in licensing fees in 2012 while paying as much as NT$115 billion in patent rights fees, NARLabs said.

The database found that Taiwan lags way behind other large players in the 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) field when it comes to technology patents.

Taiwan had only 89 4G LTE-related patents as of 2013, accounting for 2 percent of the total. The U.S. topped the list with 1,661 patents, followed by China's 1,247, South Korea's 1,062, Japan's 678, Finland's 612 and Sweden's 399, the database found.

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