Intellectual Property Protection Intellectual Property Protection

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Approach to Materiality in the Protection of Intellectual Property

Supervising division Intellectual Property Management
KPI Ratio of e-learning students in periodic education about intellectual property
FY2018 target 100%
FY2017 result 99.4%
Material Reasons The strength of Advantest is its state-of-the-art technological capabilities. Therefore, we believe protecting our intellectual property as the source of our competitiveness vital to persist as an enterprise.
Boundary Advantest Group
Relevant policies IP Management Policy and relevant agreements and bylaws
Relevant commitments ––
Responsible department/division Intellectual Property Management
Relevant complaint processing policy ––
Assessment (Cleared over 99% of fiscal 2017 targets set as interim targets)

Basic Philosophy

The guiding principles underlying Advantest's intellectual property management emphasize compliance with intellectual property laws and regulations and the need to respect the intellectual property of third parties.

Organization of Intellectual Property Management

The organization illustrated below was developed to ensure that intellectual property is managed appropriately on a global basis.
IP strategic committee members who are selected by business leaders formulated patent application strategies related to our business strategies.
Employees in charge of intellectual property meet periodically with each IP strategy committee member to advance intellectual property activities related to our businesses.

Organization of Intellectual property management
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Employee Education about Intellectual Property

At Advantest, in order to improve awareness of intellectual property among all employees, we are conducting training for new technical employees and e-learning for all Group employees every year.
We conduct separate e-learning for the general employees and engineers, with content for engineers being more specialized.

Disputes and Litigation Relating to Intellectual Property

As of March 31, 2018 there were no such disputes.