We understand that intellectual property is an important corporate asset that supports long-term, stable business continuity, and the Intellectual Property Management Office manages all intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, etc.) including those of associated companies.
The Intellectual Property Management Office works to revitalize and encourage creative work based on the following action guidelines:
The Engineering Division and the Intellectual Property Management Office work closely to early discover intellectual property arising in associated companies or from collaboration with external research laboratories. When intellectual property is discovered, the Intellectual Property Management Office and the Engineering Division work together to develop intellectual property strategies to acquire intellectual property rights in a way to maximize its added value.
Most of our businesses are conducted globally, and we work actively to acquire intellectual property rights in foreign countries.
Changes in the numbers of patents and trademarks we hold
We respect third parties’ intellectual property. The Engineering Division and the Intellectual Property Management Office work closely to conduct close surveys on and analyses of third parties’ intellectual property in order that our products do not infringe it. At the same time, we take stern countermeasures against imitations of our products or infringements of our intellectual property.
We periodically analyze intellectual property that we hold and manage it so that a proper intellectual property portfolio is maintained.
In order to encourage creation of creative and high-value added intellectual property, we have established various incentive systems (for inventions, registration, and performance).
In addition, experienced staff members of the Intellectual Property Management Office periodically provide education on intellectual property in order to enhance each employee’s intellectual property-related skills.
Patent No. 4660135 we hold for an invention won the invention encouragement prize in the Kinki Local Commendation for Invention in 2016 (hosted by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation). This invention significantly contributes to the improvement in the heat resistance of our automobile catalyst products.