Technical development

 

Intellectual property activities

Fundamental policy

Tokyo Gas has established the following two basic policies regarding intellectual property activities in order to perform our company's business operations without infringing on the intellectual property rights of other parties.

1. Effective protection and strategic use of created intellectual property

Tokyo Gas promotes efforts to "turn intellectual properties into rights and utilize them" with an awareness of various business scenarios in order to ensure a degree of freedom in our business development. Specifically, in addition to promoting the acquisition of necessary rights, including patents, for intellectual properties created from the accomplishments of technology development with an eye to our future business development, we are promoting the utilization of intellectual properties owned by our company to the maximum extent with the possibility of even forming alliances with other parties in order to maximize the value of goods and services provided to our customers.

2. Reinforcement of intellectual property risk management

(1) To respect the rights of other parties

Tokyo Gas conducts a thorough prior-technology search from the initial stage of technology development and reflects the results in our technology development activities so that we do not infringe upon the rights of other parties when conducting our business. We also focus on confirmation of the so-called "right clearance" before putting our products and services on the market.

(2) To respect the rights of employees

We are implementing a compensation system that ensures rationality and transparency as required by the provision of "Inventions by Employees" in the Patent Act. Specifically, we assess royalties from inventions every year and provide 5% as compensation to inventors in this system. We are also introducing a system that allows employees to file an appeal in the case that they object to the compensation offered.

Patent application results for FY2008 to FY2010

Technological field FY2010 FY2011 FY2012
Comfortable housing and lifestyle - Residential Sector 32 34 60
Technology supporting town and a society - Commercial and industrial sectors 21 16 22
Toward more safe and secure products 34 45 45
Challenge for the future society 44 32 52
Total 131 127 179

Patent registration results for FY2008 to FY2010

Technological field FY2010 FY2011 FY2012
Comfortable housing and lifestyle - Residential Sector 29 41 37
Technology supporting town and a society - Commercial and industrial sectors 29 20 12
Toward more safe and secure products 84 82 89
Challenge for the future society 27 44 60
Total 169 187 198

Organizations for intellectual property activities

Organizations for intellectual property activities