GUC has established the strategy by aligning the key objectives of business operation with protection of intellectual property rights. For the specific development of silicon intellectual property ("SIP"), patent engineers and R&D personnel periodically review the results of research and development to evaluate the feasibility of patent applications. Afterwards, GUC will actively apply for patents for those cases with patent portfolio value, and keep track of the progress. In addition to strengthening the GUC's competitiveness in specific areas, this approach is also helpful to patent the SIP project/IC product so that eventually achieve the goal of protecting SIP project/IC product by patent. The management of the relevance between patented intellectual property and SIP can also be used as the technology segmentation between GUC and its competitors, and serves as the benchmark for evaluation of patented intellectual property as well. By the date of October 21, 2020, GUC has obtained 235 patents issued by Taiwan, China and the United States totally in the past five years and also has accumulated 121 patents-pending in the aforementioned countries. And the legal head reports to the board of directors meeting on the implementation of the intellectual property management plan at least once per annum.
Moreover, GUC has initiated the related management plans for intellectual property rights since 2000. The main achievements are illustrated as follows:
"The Patent Application Procedure" was promulgated in 2000. The then-current version is 20th edition released in 2020.
"The Proprietary Information Protection Procedure" was established in 2003. The latest version was 9th edition released in 2018.
"The Trademark Management Regulation" was enacted in 2008. The latest version was 3rd edition released in 2012.
"The Proprietary Information Protection Policy" was published in 2012.
In 2015, GUC's patent management on-line system ("System") was launched. It significantly improved the management of patent-related affairs, such as proposal management, application management, bonus management, contractor (i.e., external IP firm) management and comprehensively enhanced the efficiency of patent-related operations. Meanwhile, the System has recorded the complete internal technology and patent research/development results which cover the phases from patent proposal to submission of the said application.
"The Policy of Intellectual Property Rights Management" was formulated in 2016.