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  The College of Intellectual Property Studies is founded to serve the growing need for intellectual property education, research, and service in Taiwan.

  Worldwide, the area of intellectual property has been developing by leaps and bounds. Facing global competition, corporates are eager in formulating strategies for their intellectual property portfolio and applications as an integral part of their business. In response to this trend, in 2008, Taiwan government established an intellectual property court in July and a national license for patent attorneys in August; all indicated an imminent demand for nurturing local intellectual property talents.

  In April, 2011, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on its official website that it would encourage vocational schools and to set up colleges of intellectual property by integrating existing faculties and institutions, so as to train, improve, and promote the profession of intellectual property specialists. MOE is also devoted to establishing an inter-university platform: “Platform for Joint Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property Business”, which would enhance and promote schools’ intellectual property management and add value to their innovative products.


  As a key university strongly supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) is well-positioned to such task. NTUST is known for its achievements in the field of engineering and technology and proud to have many experienced scholars and practitioners dedicated to the field of management. Over the years the school has trained numerous excellent talents in engineering and technology management. Guided by the MOE’s policy, NTUST established the College of Intellectual Property Studies that offers diverse  and inter-disciplinary learning. Currently, the Graduate Institute of Patent focuses on both the theory and practice of intellectual property; the Graduate Institute of Technology emphasizes  innovation, technology-related laws, and management strategies. The new College is designed to better utilize in-campus resources and build on existing structures of the above two graduate institutes, creating the best education, research, and service environment for both technology management and intellectual property.


I. Technology Management and Intellectual Property: Key to Future Development of Taiwan’s Industries

  Technological development is the driver of social and economic progress. Taiwan relies heavily on the high-tech sector to propel national development because of lacking natural resources. A thriving high-tech industry is therefore vital to Taiwan’s economy. The high-tech industry is a kind of intelligent industry. The protection of intellectual property rights and commercialization are vital for the sector’s core competiveness. Apart from favorable conditions for development, the sector needs sound regulations on technology management and intellectual property, e.g. a good system that rewards and publishes creative inventions and one that keeps technologies advancing. A comprehensive intellectual property regime moves technologies forward by attracting investment and making technical knowledge and information more transparent.

  Taiwan government has announced to industrialize the business of invention patent, one of the four major emerging intelligent industries it focuses on. To attain the goal, a rich pool of quality intellectual property experts is needed, in addition to a well-designed system. Theses talent will help turn the fruits of individual creativity and team work into corporate assets that contribute to future industrial development. Thus, the nurturing of intellectual property and technology management talent becomes ever more urgent.


II. Shortage of Techolongy Management and IP Talent

  Professional technical service was a profession to be promoted in the government’s 2008 National Development Plan and was among the six major technical services supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). In his white paper on economic policies, President Ma points out that the MOEA will build a favorable environment for such services and promote Taiwanese technical services to the world by strengthening intellectual property evaluation and management and technology transfer. Starting from December, 2009, the Executive Yuan began to industrialize invention patent application in the hope that the business would fully unleash Taiwan’s creativity so as to grow the economy as a whole.

  According to a report on “Talents of Key Service Sector” issued by the Council for Economic Planning and Development, the demand for R&D strategy planners, specialized technicians, and R&D utilization planners multiplied from 916 to 1,909 and to 3,985 from 2008 to 2010.

  Using intellectual property laws to protect R&D fruits is inevitable in the era of knowledge economy, especially when Taiwan’s high-tech companies have shifted its attention from manufacturing to R&D, the vital cord of their competitiveness. According to statistics released by the Intellectual Property Office, MOEA, the number of patent application (see graph 1) for both Taiwan nationals and foreigners (see Graph 2) rose from 60,000 in 2002 to 80,000 in 2010, demonstrating the importance of patent application and the huge demand for related specialists.

  Figures from the Intellectual Property Office also show that the number of trade mark applications filed by peoples with different nationalities (see Graph 3) has amounted to 240,000 over the past five years, another indicator of strong talent demand.





  As the number of patents and trades mark application soared in recent years, demand for such experts increased—not just for patent attorneys, but also for intellectual property engineers and intellectual property examiners. In the private sector, not just high-tech companies, traditional manufacturers are also paying great attention to intellectual property. They have set up divisions in their own companies responsible for technology management and intellectual property and hired professional intellectual property engineers. The trend means that the job market and demand for graduates studying in related fields is growing fast.

  Litigations arising from intellectual property disputes, such as patent application of new technologies, copyright issues and trade secrets, increase companies’ operation costs as well as risks. Thus, to strengthen their competiveness, corporates need a comprehensive system for technology management and intellectual property rights that covers patent strategies, publications, and trade secrets.

  Recognizing the importance of technology management and intellectual property as well as great demand for talent from businesses, NTUST established the Graduate Institute for Technology Management in 2007 and the Graduate Institute for Patent in 2010. Each institute accepts 15 students every academic year. In 2011, NTUST initiated a postgraduate bachelor-degree program for college graduates, accepting 30 students every year. However, despite all these efforts, Taiwan still suffers a shortage of talent, both in terms of quality and quantity, for the supply of talent fails to meet rising demand from the industry.


III. College of Intellectual Property Studies: Necessary Step for the Industry

  The study of intellectual property is a highly inter-disciplinary one, covering engineering, technology management and law studies. As shown by the many different subjects required in Taiwan’s national examination for patent attorney, no conventional college of a particular discipline is capable of training IP professionals on its own.

  Many universities in Taiwan have established institutions teaching intellectual property; but, as the industry argues, the number of such schools and their graduates fails to meet surging talent demand and insufficient in solving all local and international challenges posed to companies. Currently, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Shi Hsin University, National Chengchi University, and National Taiwan University all have established graduate institutes of technology laws and/or intellectual property.

  Managing intellectual property requires a system that integrates external and internal technical information and informs businesses of their own technological progress and development of their patented technology. Sound management of intellectual property mitigates or avoids losses from infringement. Moreover, royalties collected from technology transfer also contribute to companies’ profit. Intellectual property and its management, furthermore, spur innovation and bring up new opportunities for firms in knowledge economy we are in.

  The College of Intellectual Property Studies has three features: combining engineering technology with intellectual property, focusing on both business operation and management; emphasize both general education in technology and legal acumen.

  Nurturing intellectual property professionals and preparing them for international challenges are both crucial for upgrading Taiwan’s industry and society. Now Taiwan has developed into knowledge economy, intellectual property professionals need to communicate globally using foreign languages, which is exactly the goal of this College. We keep our courses abreast with international standards, introducing the latest academic theory, research results, and legal practices. Several courses are taught in English. Annual conferences are held to facilitate dialogues among the industry, government, and the academia. The College is determined to train professionals equipped with inter-disciplinary skills, to broaden the country’s horizons of engineering and technology management, and to enhance Taiwan’s industrial competitiveness in the future. We nurture talent who have global vision and are capable of solving problems at home.


IV. NTUST--The Best Environment for Intellectual Property Education:

  NTUST is a university of applied research, highlighting both academic research and technology development, known for its achievements in the field of engineering and technology. Its faculties consists of many excellent scholars and experienced practitioners dedicated to management research and practice. Over the years NTUST has educated numerous excellent students of engineering and technology management. According to the statistics by the National Science Council, it ranks among the top-three universities in Taiwan in technology transfer, in terms of the dollar amount, the number of cases, and total dollar amount of transfer for technologies developed by individuals.

  NTUST faculties have undertaken a variety of projects such as technology R&D, product manufacture research, planning and analyzing, testing, and measurement. They are commissioned by (mostly) private companies, state-owned enterprises, institutions, and governmental agencies. The University also pride on its good location: two thirds of Taiwan’s high-tech companies, patent offices, and law firms are within one-hour reach from the University, including industrial clusters north of Hsinchu, e.g. Neihu Technology Park, Nangang Software Park, and Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park. Great demand for patent, legal, and technological specialists from the area is to be met by future NTUST graduates. The University also benefits from a cooperation project with Taipei City Government at Neihu Technology Park. In addition, it has acquired land for future campus in Hsinchu, close to a major industrial base. All these give NTUST niches for future cooperation with corporates, as well as internship and employment opportunities for students and graduates.

  Established in 2007, the Graduate Institute of Technology Management (ITM) aims to train professionals with comprehensive knowledge for operating and managing high-tech companies. Serving as an inter-disciplinary platform, the ITM invites and coordinates with both engineering and management instructors from different institutions at NTUST. The ITM also offers a bachelor program for non-NTUST students, an innovation and entrepreneurship bachelor program for NTUST students, plus a master-level entrepreneurship program for other NTUST graduate students.

  The Graduate Institute of Patent was founded in 2010. Its efforts in teaching intellectual property theories and practices have yield fruits. Apart from regular master-level programs, the Institute provides training courses on behalf of the Intellectual Property Office, MOEA. In addition, under the structure of NTUST’s Honors College, the Institute offers a bachelor-degree program in intellectual property for NTUST students. A postgraduate bachelor degree program in intellectual property rights is open to the public.

  NTUST has been keen to facilitate inter-disciplinary integration and cooperation between the industry and the academia. It works closely with research institutes within and outside of campus and reaches out to the industry, providing various types of specialized courses needed to train professionals. The University is dedicated to industry-specific innovations that meet needs of companies. Based on current resources and establishments, the College of Intellectual Property Studies plans to collaborate with all other colleges at NTUST, i.e., the College of Engineering, the School of Management, the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Design, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Honors College. Together we nurture inter-disciplinary talent with R&D know-how and intellectual property management skills needed by national strategic industries. This College will also help other NTUST colleges formulate defensive strategies for their own intellectual property rights.

  On another front, supported by expertise from the Intellectual Property Business Center under NTUST’s Office of Research and Development, the College promotes excellent technologies and products developed by NTUST colleges and exchanges with the industry so as to apply academic results to commercial uses. By introducing profitable applications and skills of intellectual property to the industry and to business operations, we hope to accumulate more knowledge assets for Taiwan’s industries, so that companies will gain more added value to compete globally.

  The College of Intellectual Property, a combination of the Graduate Institute of Patent and the Graduate Institute of Technology Management, sets to educate professionals with patent, technology management, and legal expertise. It is rightly the professional college that serves the need for the industry, society, and the country as a whole.