Basic Policy and Management of Our Intellectual Property
Regarding intellectual property as essential resource in business activities, we proactively engage in obtaining and utilizing our development results as intellectual assets. Based on the mid- to long-term policy “Develop a Business Culture that Respects Intellectual Property," we enhance our intellectual property framework, working with Intellectual Property, R&D and other divisions.
In FY 2012, the patents owned by SII were reviewed in an effort to seek a more effective way to utilize our patents. As a result, the number of SII's patents has slightly decreased as of April 2013 to about 2,300 patents in Japan and about 3,100 patents overseas. However, our applications for patents and acquisition of rights are so active that the number of examinations for granting patents in FY 2012 has increased.