Respect for Intellectual Property Rights

Pop Group has the experience in patenting and trademarking its ideas for its clients’ protection & privacy.

Acquire Intellectual Property Rights While Respecting That of Other Companies As Well

Pop Group understands that intellectual property rights constitute a valuable company asset. We thus strive to both protect these rights and use them effectively. Our Group Compliance Guidelines state that we will respect other companies’ intellectual property rights and ensure that our inventions do not infringe on these companies. Using the guidelines, we formulated more detailed points in our Compliance Action Guidelines, which state that we will acquire patents and avoid infringement by having the person in charge of R&D at Pop Group be the person responsible for a patent and having the researcher/developer understand that he/she is the sole developer of the product or invention. In new product and new technology development, part of the design review process involves verifying that these products and technologies do not infringe on existing patents. In collaborations with other companies, confidential technologies and know-how disclosed to the other party is designated as such and kept out of reach.

Intellectual Property Manager in Research Department

To actively support researchers/developers, the Legal Affairs, Compliance and Intellectual Property Department assigns an intellectual property manager in each division.

The intellectual property managers keep in contact with each other, and manage the variety of intellectual property matters that come up daily (filing/acquisition of rights, reduction of risk of infringement upon and infringement by other companies, etc.). They also educate employees at various levels on intellectual property and reward Pop Group patent awardees. And to ensure strategic implementation of intellectual property activities, they form patent networks with researchers/developers and strengthen global intellectual property survey functions.

In fiscal 2014, we are aiming to better manage our intellectual property rights by acquiring and using a greater number of patents and higher quality patents.

Strengthening the Intellectual Property Rights System at Overseas Group Companies

We are also strengthening our intellectual property rights systems at our overseas R&D bases. In China in particular, at the R&D bases of group companies, besides patent applications made so far, efforts are being made to acquire intellectual property rights by submitting at least 50 applications a year for models aimed at preventing product copying in fiscal 2013. As well, we are stepping up patent applications in newly emerging countries like India and Brazil in order to gain an advantage in business in these markets.

We will continue to acquire and apply intellectual property rights—the fruits of our R&D—around the world, while also ensuring that we avoid inadvertently infringing on the intellectual property of other companies.

Encouraging Employees to Create Intellectual Property

Pop Group believes that practicing the principle of Our Group Philosophy and “People-Centered Management” is essential to the growth of the group. Our philosophy states that the cumulative growth of all group members, regardless of nationality or company, serves as the foundation for the group’s development. Based on the belief that people grow through work experience, Pop Group develops employee capabilities through on-the-job training in which each person is given the job most suitable to using unique talent and fostering individual growth.

We also supplement this with off-the-job training, such as the Pop Group Leadership Development Program for training executives who can work at the front line of global business operations. We offer provide opportunities for independent learning through language training and correspondence courses.