Intellectual property activities
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
Patent registration results for FY2008 to FY2010
Organizations for intellectual property activities