Taipei, Jan. 25, 2011 (CENS)–Throughout 2010, applications by mainland Chinese enterprises for trademark registrations in Taiwan hit a new high of 1,603 cases, up 35.16% from a year earlier, according to Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan.

Among the applicants were Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai, China Telecommunications Corp., Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd., China Minmetals Corp., China UnionPay, and Air China.

IPO Director General M.H. Wang ascribed the increased application number mostly to a recovering global economy and estimated the recovery will inspire mainland Chinese enterprises to vigorously engage in more business activities in Taiwan.

The office also announced that trademark registrations in the mainland by Taiwan`s enterprises inched up 0.85% year on year, to 10,767 cases throughout 2010. The office associated the meager growth rate with saturated applications by Taiwan`s enterprises in the mainland.

Wang noted that both patent applications by Taiwan`s enterprises in the mainland and the applications by mainland’s enterprises in Taiwan also increased.

Taiwan`s patent applications in the mainland soared 6.19% year on year, to 22,419 cases in 2010. In the meantime, the applications by the mainland`s enterprises in Taiwan grew 8.79% to 755 cases.

Wang pointed out that Taiwan patents applied by the mainland`s enterprises mostly protect computer, semiconducto, and electric machinery technologies.

She noted that applications, whether for trademarks or patents, considerably slowed down both in the mainland and Taiwan during the 2008 economic downturn.