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|
|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.|
|Relevant policies||IP Management Policy and relevant agreements and bylaws|
|Responsible department/division||Intellectual Property Management|
|Relevant complaint processing policy||––|
|Assessment||✓ (Cleared over 99% of fiscal 2017 targets set as interim targets)|
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
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.