Approach to Materiality in the Protection of Intellectual Property
The strength of Advantest is its state-of-the-art technological capabilities. Therefore, in order to survive as an enterprise, we believe it is vital to provide employees with periodic education about intellectual property with the purpose of protecting and managing our intellectual property properly as the source of our competitiveness.
|Supervising division||Intellectual Property Management|
|KPI||Ratio of e-learning students in periodic education about intellectual property|
|Results achieved in fiscal 2018||100%|
|Relevant policies||IP Management Policy and relevant agreements and bylaws|
|Responsible department/division||Intellectual Property Management|
|Relevant complaint processing policy||―|
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 formulate patent application strategies related to our business strategies.
Employees in charge of intellectual property meet periodically with each IP strategy committee member to conduct 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.
Disputes and Litigation Relating to Intellectual Property
As of March 31, 2019 there were no such disputes.