Intellectual Property Protection Intellectual Property Protection


Basic philosophy

In relation to intellectual property, Advantest's overarching policy is to observe all laws and regulations and to respect the intellectual property rights of third parties.

Intellectual property management system

The system illustrated below was developed to ensure that intellectual property is managed appropriately on a global basis.
In fiscal 2014, in order to optimize the quantity and quality of overall Group patents, we created a global patent portfolio.
Since fiscal 2015 we have been working toward formulating our strategy for intellectual property and operationalizing it in tandem with our business strategy.

Intellectual property management system

Employee education on intellectual property

At Advantest, in order to improve awareness of intellectual property among all employees, we have been implementing training with contents more closely related to employees’ work.
In fiscal 2014 we conducted training for new employees on the theme of basic knowledge. Also, we carried out simultaneous training using our e-learning system for all Advantest Group employees in Japan and overseas.
From fiscal 2015 we have enhanced the contents of our education for all employees and implemented regular training. Moreover we will create specialist education programs for the departments that require detailed knowledge for their work and continue to conduct activities to deepen understanding of intellectual property.

Disputes and litigation relating to intellectual property

As of 31 March 2015 there were no such disputes.