Intellectual Property Management
Policy on Respect for Intellectual Property
Sysmex accords third-party intellectual property rights the same level of respect as it does its own. As stated in item “5. To Respect Intellectual Property” of the Sysmex Global Governance Code, we will not unlawfully acquire or utilize any confidential business information or the proprietary assets of others. We promote a thorough understanding of these rules for compliance by all executives and employees throughout the Group.
When applying for patents to protect our own intellectual property and responding to third parties' intellectual property rights, members of the intellectual property, R&D and business planning departments conduct and discuss patent reviews for each new product development project. Through these activities, we confirm our ability to secure proprietary rights that need to be protected and check that we are responding appropriately with respect to third-party intellectual property rights that need to be respected.
To ensure that employees understand the importance of intellectual property activities for our R&D and business, we conduct level-based trainings for beginner, intermediate, advanced and senior management on intellectual property for R&D and business planning divisions. In fiscal 2016, approximately 200 people attended this training, raising awareness of our intellectual property activities.