IP violations remain a serious problem in Taiwan’s ultra-competitive chip-making market.    In recent years, trade-secret theft has become increasingly common in Taiwan’s highly competitive semiconductor industry, one of the world’s largest by output value and a bedrock of the island’s economy. The perpetrators have usually been Chinese companies seeking to close the technology gap with…

BY PAUL J. CASSINGHAM AND JEFFREY LIEN Like many jurisdictions, Taiwan has long imposed restrictions on the enforceability of employee post-termination noncompetition agreements.  For many years, Taiwan courts have enforced such agreements only if the employer had a business interest worthy of protection, and only if the scope and duration of the noncompetition obligation were…

Some suggestions on how to safeguard confidential company information. When it comes to your company’s sensitive non-public information, it’s an important first step to make sure that employees and management are both part of a protective culture. Too often non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or confidentiality terms are simply tucked away within a bunch of formal documents…

A new association has been established to speak for industry on this vital topic. The ability to protect proprietary technology against misappropriation by competitors is of utmost importance to the kinds of high-tech manufacturing industries critical to Taiwan’s economic success. Both multinational and domestic companies operating here have suffered from attempts by unethical rivals in…