Protection of intellectual property

Acquisition of intellectual property rights and establishment of patent networks

■ Trend of patent application ratio
in Japan and abroad

Trend of patent application ratio in Japan and abroad

As the majority of Showa Denko's businesses are operated globally, we aggressively apply for patents in foreign countries with the aim of supporting those businesses from the intellectual property side.
The chart shown below is a composition of data shown in "Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2016" and SDK's own data on the number of applications for patents. It illustrates that the Showa Denko's global application ratios were about 10% higher than those by all applicants.
We also make every effort to secure our superiority based on intellectual property rights, especially in the principal businesses and newly developed important products by establishing patent networks.

In Our Code of Conduct and Its Practical Guide, we uphold “Respect for other parties’ intellectual property rights” as one of our rules. To this end, we built a patent monitoring system to keep track of trends in the intellectual property rights of others, including patents held outside Japan.

In-house awarding system to commend employee inventions

Ceremony held to commend the internal inventors ranked in the top three (2016)Ceremony held to commend the internal
inventors ranked in the top three (2016)

In order to promote the filing of more valuable patent applications, we commend our top three employees in terms of number of patent applications filed in the previous year and also the top three employees in terms of the number of patents registered in the previous. In 2016 we established the Patent Hall of Fame, and two employees, whose patent filings and inventions each totaled 300 or more, entered the Patent Hall of Fame.

TOPICSSDK Receives “2016 Top 100 Global Innovators” Award, 2 Years in a Row

Showa Denko has received “The Clarivate Analytics 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators” award. It is two years in a row that SDK is listed in the annual “Top 100 Global Innovators” which is produced by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. Clarivate Analytics presented a trophy to SDK.

Clarivate Analytics selected “2016 Top 100 Global Innovators” by utilizing strict and objective data compiled from its value-added patent citation database “Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI),” which is the world’s largest one in this category, its intellectual property intelligence platform “Thomson Innovation,” and the company’s original basis for evaluation. In the screening process of the award, Clarivate Analytics uses scientific and objective methodology involving four main criteria of “patent volume,” “application-to-grant success,” “globalization” and “citation influence.” This time, Clarivate Analytics commended SDK’s high performance in “globalization” and “citation influence,” and rated the latter especially high.
In the screening process, Clarivate Analytics analyzed various organizations’ patent activity records for the last five years. As for “globalization,” meanwhile, records for the past three years were analyzed.

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