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The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group places importance on intellectual property activities carried out in its business operations. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Codes of Conduct (Chapter 5-3, Management and Preservation of Company Assets) outlines basic policies for protecting intellectual properties and respecting the intellectual properties of others. We are carrying out our intellectual property activities based on these policies.
Our intellectual property activities focus on three key measures: strengthening of global intellectual properties, respect for intellectual property rights, and adequate response to changes in the market environment.
Intellectual property activities are mainly conducted by the Intellectual Property Department. The research and development divisions and operating divisions work with the Intellectual Property Division to formulate and execute strategies.
In addition, the division shares these strategies with Hitachi Construction Machinery Group companies while promoting intellectual property activities.
The development of a global patent network is important for the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group’s businesses given the high ratio of overseas sales. In and after FY2011, Hitachi Construction Machinery’s overseas patent application ratio exceeded 30%. We aim to maintain this level in FY2017 and beyond.
At the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, we respect the intellectual properties of other parties. To prevent the infringement of intellectual property rights owned by other parties in the research, development, and design of new products and technologies, we conduct a preemptive survey of intellectual property rights belonging to other parties.
We implement intellectual properties training for group employees for the purpose of actively developing intellectual properties, properly protecting intellectual property rights, and to ensure the intellectual property rights of other parties is respected. We review and make necessary adjustments to the training content to reflect revisions to laws.
We recognize that a different set of knowledge is required depending on the employee’s position and scope of responsibilities. We are pouring energies into rank-specific training. We are implementing different types of training, including a beginners course for younger employees, and a patent leader course for mid-level employees.
In FY2017 and beyond, we plan to continue to conduct intellectual property training while reviewing the content of this training.