Dr. Fortune F.Y. Shieh, Associate General Counsel of TSMC, shares his experience in the trade secret registration system and intelligent management at the "2022 Technology Industry Integrity Governance and Trade Secret Protection Summit Forum."
Dr. Fortune F.Y. Shieh, Associate General Counsel of TSMC, shares his experience in the trade secret registration system and intelligent management at the "2022 Technology Industry Integrity Governance and Trade Secret Protection Summit Forum."
Dr. Fortune F.Y. Shieh, Associate General Counsel of TSMC, shares his experience in the trade secret registration system and intelligent management at the "2022 Technology Industry Integrity Governance and Trade Secret Protection Summit Forum."

TSMC Establishes the "Trade Secret Registration System Alumni Association" to Comprehensively Upgrade Industrial Competitiveness

Fortune F.Y. Shieh

TSMC houses a wealth of technological inventions and innovations, with more than 200,000 entries in our "Trade Secret Registration System." The Company is committed to intelligent management to realize four core Trade Secret Management Visions: implementing intellectual property strategies, strengthening comprehensive competitive advantages, encouraging a corporate culture of innovation, and practicing corporate sustainability. In order to promote the development of the supply chain with more thorough trade secret management capabilities, TSMC launched the "Supply Chain Trade Secret Management Sharing” public service project for strategic partners in our supply chain. In February 2022, TSMC successfully promoted Trade Secret Registration (TSR) systems to two strategic partners, Solar Applied Materials Technology Co. and New Applied Materials Co., Ltd., and both companies went on to implement TSR systems of their own. This helped us meet our set in the sustainability report ahead of schedule, and TSMC also further initiated the "Trade Secret Registration System Alumni Association" in June. Through mutual exchange and experience sharing, members of the Alumni Association can expand the promotion of the TSR system, and make trade secrets a driving force of technological innovation and competitive advantage.

Selfless Sharing of Tips and Tricks Jumpstarts Like-minded Companies

In order to help suppliers better understand the content and practices of the TSR System more easily, TSMC has compiled frequently asked questions and answers about the process of adopting and implementing the TSR system, which shares practical tips that are easy for newcomers to understand. Templates of TSR forms and reference selection methods for rewarding registered high-quality trade secrets are all selflessly shared, so that suppliers can get started quickly. Adding to the synergies of the project, TSMC also initiated the Trade Secret Registration System Alumni Association. The first members of the Alumni Association, in addition to TSMC, include five companies that have started to implement a TSR system, and four companies that are actively evaluating and planning to establish this system. Without disclosing any confidential information, members of the Alumni Association discuss and share experiences about the problems they have faced in driving the process and corresponding solutions, optimize the efficiency of implementation, stimulate new ideas for registration management, and continue to inject innovation and momentum for the expansion of the TSR system.

TSMC's "Supply Chain Trade Secret Management Sharing" Implementation Framework

TSMC shares its industry-leading trade secret registration system in the spirit of promoting public welfare and the common good, and provides consultation and support to Solar Applied Materials to build our system. The successful introduction of this system strengthens the company's accumulation of trade secret protection and technology, and, at the same time, enhances colleagues' affirmation of the value of their own work.

- C.F. Huang, Chairman and CEO of Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp.

The goal of promoting the trade secret registration system must be lofty, but implementation should not be rushed. A pragmatic and flexible strategy is: 1. Start with the must-haves and then pursue the better and the perfect; 2. Begin initiating from the partial, and then go for the comprehensive; 3. Cross the river by feeling for the stones. With hard work, continuous optimization and improvement, the promised land of innovative culture and sustainable management vision can be just on the horizon!

- Dr. Fortune F.Y. Shieh, Associate General Counsel of TSMC

Expanding Promotion Across Industries to Extend the Influence of the Common Good

TSMC actively promotes the sharing of trade secret management practices. After the first Trade Secret Registration System Alumni Association meeting, five technology companies took the initiative to contact TSMC and expressed interest in this system, including TSMC's customers, suppliers, and companies from other industries, such as power management, biotechnology, and audio-visual solutions. This demonstrates that more and more companies are interested in the TSR system, even beyond the semiconductor industry. In the future, TSMC will continue to be a promoter of trade secret registration and intelligent management, and aims to enable at least three companies to establish TSR systems every year, so as to create tangible contributions to the protection and management of trade secrets at home and abroad.