TSMC Continues to Use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Trade Secret Management to Sustain Innovation and Strengthen Competiveness
TSMC's continuous focus on its core business is the foundation in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. As TSMC's most important intellectual property, trade secrets are not only vital to TSMC's competiveness, but also are the driving force behind its sustainable innovation. Therefore, TSMC built up the Trade Secret Registration and Management System to record and track trade secrets that contribute to the Company's technology leadership, manufacturing excellence, and customer trust. As of January 2021, over 100,000 trade secrets have been registered and recorded by 30,000 employees in the system.
TSMC proactively and systematically manages its key trade secrets as formatted records. Adhering to its culture of innovation and attitude of pursuing excellence, TSMC constantly improves its Trade Secret Registration and Management System by actively applying artificial intelligence technology to keep up with the updates in technology trends and cluster. The Company also established a talent pool to maximize the operational efficiency and benefits of this Trade Secret Registration and Management System for sustainable technology innovation and strengthened overall competitiveness.
Continuous improvement in trade secret management is TSMC's commitment in sustainable innovation, and our driving force to pursue excellence.
Special Contribution Awards to Encourage Innovation
To recognize employees for their outstanding contributions to the Company, every year, TSMC presents the "Golden Trade Secret Award" to registered trade secrets that have the most significant impact on company competitiveness. As of 2020, TSMC has presented 1,626 Golden Trade Secrets Awards to more than 4,000 inventors. In 2020, TSMC Chairman Dr. Mark Liu conferred special awards in appreciation of the talented inventors who have continuously earned numerous awards and honors throughout the past six years.