Intellectual Property Activities

DENSO’s intellectual property strategy is directed at unifying its business unit and technology strategies, and it is one of the important management strategies that will sustain growth into the future.

Intellectual property activities’ policy

DENSO believes that business unit strategies will not be viable unless they are backed by intellectual property (IP) strategies and is consequently unifying the two accordingly. In line with the DENSO Group’s Global Mid-term Policy, IP activities, including establishing a focused patent portfolio for “world-first” and systems products and pursuing activities related to open innovation, support the Company’s efforts to expand its business and achieve continued growth. At the same time, DENSO sees problems related to other companies’ patents as equally important as major quality problems in its own products. Following our internal systems, examinations of patents held by other companies begin at the development stage, so that we can bring products to market without problems related to these patents arising.

Global Intellectual Property Network

Global intellectual property system

As we bolster development in our overseas technical centers, we are working to set up IP systems at our centers in North America, Europe, and China, thereby strengthening our acquisition of patents for local inventions and examination of other companies’ patents. In China, DENSO has been working since 2005 to detect counterfeit goods (in particular those with imitation trademarks) in cooperation with Chinese governmental and customs agencies. Since early 2012, DENSO’s activities have ensured that patent applications from Japan are both more efficient and less costly, and also started incorporating inventions made locally overseas in these activities.

Meetings to Support IP Activities

  Activities Meetings held
Technology development meetings: (IP strategy committee) Decision making regarding DENSO’s IP strategies, involving discussions and decisions about related matters As required
Business unit patent promotion meetings Follow up of progress made as regards each unit’s IP activities, and steady development of these activities Twice a year
Liaison meetings for full-time patent personnel Implement IP activities policies and measures regarding each technology department’s patent representative Six times a year
Global IP meetings Discussion of issues and planning of stimulation and development of regional IP activities by Head Office and IP staff at technical centers in North America, Europe, and China Once a year
DENSO Group IP Conference for full-time patent personnel Implement IP activities policies and measures regarding each technology department’s patent representative Once a year

Number of domestic patent applications

Number of domestic hold patents

Number of overseas patent applications

Percentage of patent applications for each overseas country

Number of overseas hold patents

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Intellectual Property Activities

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