Toyobo draws on its polymer, film forming, and processing technologies
to provide such functional products as films for LCDs and optical uses,
adhesives for electronic components, and conductive paste for touch panels...
Toyobo and its group of companies possess an extensive range of technology and know-how acquired as a result of many years of research and development in the fields of fibers, textiles, plastics, and biochemical products. To allow this know-how to be utilized as a resource in accordance with the "core technology management" concept, we work to maintain and utilize our intellectual property rights for the benefit of business development. Toyobo is committed to securing the superior and unique products developed in its specialty businesses (which are the source of our earnings) by building portfolios of basic patents, which also includes some patents in peripheral technology. We also utilize such intangible assets as trademarks and design rights to enhance our corporate brand value.
Toyobo has established a structure to manage its patents in such a way as to not infringe on the intellectual property rights of other companies.
Toyobo's Intellectual Property Department shares information on intellectual property through liaison personnel appointed by each business division and research section. It also works to ensure consistency with business and R&D strategies through Patent Review and Intellectual Property Strategy Conferences.
Patent Award System
Discoveries by corporate researchers have become a high-profile issue in Japan in recent years.
Toyobo established a granted patent award system in 1993 aimed at fostering an inventor mindset.
This system was revised in April 2005 based on new guidelines from the Japan Patent Office. As a further incentive to researchers, we implemented a patent application award in 2001 to recognize patents immediately following publication.