Initiatives for Intellectual Property
Toyota Boshoku recognizes that intellectual property is an important asset, and indispensable for global expansion and development of our business. Thus, in order to guarantee our business’ freedom and market predominance, we are promoting new inventions and discoveries, as well as relevant patent applications and acquisition activities.
We are also committed to respecting the intellectual property of others, and perform thorough investigation to ensure that neither our products nor our R&D infringes on any intellectual property.
Throughout our Japanese business we have appointed committee members with responsibility for intellectual property to each technology division in order to carry out our intellectual property initiatives more actively and efficiently. We are also building a system for coordinating discussion and information sharing regarding routine intellectual property activities.
Additionally, we are promoting cooperation across our entire global business, from our central Japanese business to R&D sites in the Americas, Asia and Oceania, China, Europe and Africa regions, as well as strengthening our global systems to effectively promote patent applications and acquisition activities.
Intellectual Property Activities
In fiscal 2020, we started activities to provide the patent analysis information obtained from IP landscape* to our business segments and employ the information in design, development and review of our direction. Moving forward, the Toyota Boshoku group will provide our management personnel with comprehensive analysis results for information on intellectual property, technology, services, markets, and competitors, and will broaden the scope of our activities to optimize the use of this information in our business strategy.
- Defined in the Intellectual Property Skill Standards published by the Japan Patent Office. Consists of ascertaining trends in individual technologies and patents, and performing in-house analysis, competition analysis, market analysis, etc., integrating intellectual property information and market information.