The Intellectual Property Office published in December 2019 a report pertaining to the statistical status of AI-related patent applications (https://www.tipo.gov.tw/tw/dl-253935-66daeddeddc741a19ef1af79b94e0d36.html), in which applications filed in 2018 are reviewed and analyzed.
With respect to technical field statistics, of the AI-related patent applications filed in 2018, the highest number of cases can be categorized as "applications of neural networks, and in which neural networks were used as the core technical means," accounting for 31%, followed by "Non-neural network machine learning/Machine learning technology is mentioned but the type of machine learning is unsure" (23%), "Neural network is one of the optional means" (17%), "Non-Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence/Artificial Intelligence is mentioned but the type of Artificial Intelligence technology is unsure" (15%), "Hardware that supports neural networks" (11%), and "Improvement of the neural-network-related mathematical algorithm" (3%).
With respect to the statistics pertaining to application types, "Computer Vision" has the highest number of AI-related patent applications in 2018, accounting for approximately 39%, followed by "Forecast analysis" with about 23% and "control method" about 6%. Other patent applications include techniques applied to "Speech Processing," "Natural Language Processing," "Planning and Scheduling," "Robotics," "Knowledge Representation and Reasoning," and "Decentralized Artificial Intelligence."
Statistics pertaining to fields in which artificial intelligence techniques are applied show "Industry and Manufacturing", "Life and Medical Sciences" and "Personal Devices, Computing and Human Machine Interface" having the highest percentage, up to about 40% among the total number of patent applications filed in 2018.
With respect to nationality, Taiwanese applicants still account for the overwhelming majority in 2018 (45％). Nevertheless, only twelve enterprises/organizations filed more than 20 patent applications. The top three applicants are Alibaba Group, Beijing DiDi Company and Samsung electronics. Taiwanese applicants include the ITRI, Chunghwa Telecom, Institute for Information Industry, and Acer. Although a lot of Taiwanese applicants filed AI-related applications, the number of individual applications is still relatively sporadic. Ample room is apparently still available for growth in R&D momentum and patent deployment.