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SDK to Promote Global Licensing of Intellectual Property

April 3, 2003

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announces a plan to promote licensing of its intellectual property on a global scale by offering sophisticated technologies that will create value for licensees.

As part of this move, SDK has recently concluded an agreement with QED Intellectual Property Limited (QED) of the United Kingdom whereby QED will represent SDK outside Japan in the negotiation of licensing of its patented technologies, including pending ones.

As the first stage, SDK has entrusted QED with license negotiations concerning SDK’s sophisticated technologies in the following four areas:

  • 1.Poly N-vinylacetamide (PNVA) for use as a high-performance polymer that absorbs various types of liquids, and N-vinylacetamide (NVA) monomer for the production of PNVA
  • 2.Polyorganosiloxane for use as stain-resistant coating
  • 3.Granulation of feed additives for ruminants
  • 4. Phosphonic acid derivatives for use as raw materials for agrochemicals

All of the above represent SDK’s proprietary technologies. In particular, SDK possesses over 100 NVA/PNVA-related patents that cover manufacturing methods and various applications.

Apart from the above, SDK began offering 193 Japanese patents on its web site in January 2003. These patents will be licensed for a consideration. The same information will shortly become available through linkage to the data base of National Center for Industrial Property Information, on the Japan Patent Office’s web site.

Under the new consolidated business plan for the 2003-2005 period called the “Sprout Project,” SDK aims to establish itself as a focused and individualized chemical company by nurturing the interconnection of its proprietary inorganic/aluminum and organic chemical technologies.

As part of this business plan, SDK puts emphasis on enhancing the efficiency of its R&D investments by fully utilizing the technical assets it has accumulated so far. In this regard, technology licensing is to play a key role in facilitating further investments in the development and patenting of new technologies. SDK will therefore make available to the market additional patents and other intellectual property by stages.

SDK will continue to utilize intellectual property to secure competitive edges in the market while promoting licensing of patented technologies and other forms of intellectual property.

Thus, SDK will implement strategies for differentiating its businesses and adding value to its products through full utilization of its core strengths, thereby enhancing its corporate value.