Intellectual Property Protection

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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
FY2019 target Maintain fiscal 2018
Results achieved in fiscal 2019 100%
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

Basic Stance

The basic 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 review the content and conduct 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, 2020 there were no such disputes.