TSMC knocks Foxconn from Taiwan top spot as filings and purchases enhance patent portfolio

TSMC on a patent filing and shopping spree?

It is noteworthy that a significant number of TSMC’s recent acquisitions have come from NPEs (Dynamic Invention LLC appears to be a Transpacific IP-affiliated vehicle, based on USPTO assignment histories). By a substantial margin, the top vendor of patents to TSMC over the last year is Canada’s WiLAN, with which the Taiwanese company signed a licence and acquisition agreement in April 2016. No doubt with one eye on the competition brewing across the Taiwan Strait, now is as good a time as any for TSMC to equip itself for future run-ins and bargaining opportunities.

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