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Protection of Intellectual Property

We are appropriately managing intellectual property rights (respect/protection) in all aspects of our business activities.

Our Basic Approach Toward Intellectual Property

The FUJITSU Way code of conduct clearly states that "We protect and respect intellectual property."

In line with this statement, all Fujitsu Group employees recognize intellectual property as an important business asset that supports Group activities and gives our customers a sense of safety and trust in the Group as their partner, so employees are required to keep this constantly in mind as they perform their duties.

We established an internal rule in order to encourage the proper handling of intellectual property in October 1995. This rule not only specifies what all employees should do to acquire, maintain and use intellectual property rights, but also directs them to respect those of other companies.

Respecting Intellectual Property

The Group regards any infringement of intellectual property rights by its products and services as a serious defect. Accordingly, to avoid infringing other companies' patents, we conduct thorough searches of their patents at the initial stages of research and development and prior to putting the products or services onto a market.

We protect our business by dealing resolutely and swiftly with any and all infringements of Fujitsu's rights, and at the same time we respect others' rights, as mentioned above.

Organizations and Frameworks to Protect Intellectual Property Rights

Fujitsu established Intellectual Property Unit as one of its corporate centers. The Intellectual Property Unit deals with any activities relating to intellectual property, in areas ranging from the development and planning of the intellectual property strategies of the Fujitsu Group to the utilization of intellectual property, including licensing of intellectual property rights. It is also promoting strategic standardization activities for creating international standards, so that everyone can take advantage of convenient services and use our products at ease.

The Intellectual Property Unit also takes the initiative in activities relating to the intellectual property of the entire Fujitsu Group. In each business group, an intellectual property strategy manager is appointed and assures seamless cooperation between the research and development sections and the intellectual property sections.

To promote efficient global business operations, the Fujitsu Group is making efforts to appropriately acquire, maintain, and utilize its intellectual property throughout the world. In particular, Fujitsu Group resident offices are located in China to ensure that all inventions produced as a result of efforts made in our research and development sites in those countries are identified without fail, and to promote applications for patents for those inventions. Furthermore, in the U.S., the Fujitsu Patent Center we established in April of 2008 in an effort to improve our ability to acquire patent rights is expanding its activities to improve the quality of our patents.


Intellectual Property Education and Enlightenment

Fujitsu Group places importance on the employee education required to implement our intellectual property strategy. We believe that it is vitally important to foster our employees' awareness of the importance of intellectual property and to encourage them to integrate business, research and development, standardization, and intellectual property strategies when performing their activities. As part of our efforts to this end, we are developing a training system for increasing awareness of intellectual property, while offering a large number of training programs to ensure effective and efficient training to fulfill the needs of individual employees in their respective careers, thereby providing strategic employee education. We provide two types of training programs, e-learning and classroom education, so that employees can select the type suitable for their purposes and conditions.

Patent Portfolio Status

The Fujitsu Group holds roughly 100,000 patents worldwide as of March 31, 2013.

Fujitsu Group's Pending and Granted Patents Worldwide

As our business has become more global, our overseas patents have come to outnumber our domestic patents. The Fujitsu Group is striving to enhance patent portfolios by aggressively filing patent applications and acquiring patent rights globally, as well as by identifying inventions born from overseas research and development sites in places like the US, Europe, and China.

Breakdown of Granted and Pending Patents for Each Region

With respect to patent position, Fujitsu ranked 7th in Japan (based on our own research) and 11th in the US (based on IFI CLAIMS Patent Services research) in 2012 in terms of the number of patents registered. The Fujitsu Group's registered patents total 4,681 in Japan and 2,124 in the US.

[Number of Granted Patents in Japan in 2012] 1. Panasonic Corporation 8,146 patents , 2. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 5,321 patents , 3. Canon Inc. 5,023 patents , 4. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 4,497 patents , 5. TOSHIBA CORPORATION 4,493 patents , 6. Ricoh Company, Ltd. 3,556 patents , 7. FUJITSU LIMITED 3,258 patents , 8. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 3,182 patents , 9. Sharp Corporation 3,023 patents , 10. Hitachi, Ltd. 2,958 patents , 11. Sony Corporation 2,901 patents , 12. Denso Corporation 2,834 patents , 13. SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION 2,734 patents , 14. NEC Corporation 2,319 patents , 15. FUJIFILM Corporation 2,296 patents , 16. Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. 1,987 patents , 17. Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 1,955 patents , 18. BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. 1,714 patents , 19. KYOCERA Corporation 1,713 patents , 20. NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION 1,664 patents. All applicants were counted on the Patent Grant issuance date.Source: Fujitsu survey based on Japan Patent Office data The number of patents granted to Fujitsu Group companies other than Fujitsu Limited is 1,423 (22 companies).Total Fujitsu Group patents: 4,681

[Number of Granted Patents in the U.S. in 2012] 1. IBM Corporation 6,478 patents , 2. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 5,081 patents , 3. Canon Inc. 3,174 patents , 4. Sony Corporation 3,032 patents , 5. Panasonic Corporation 2,769 patents , 6. Microsoft Corporation 2,613 patents , 7. TOSHIBA CORPORATION 2,447 patents , 8. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. 2,013 patents , 9. General Electric Company 1,652 patents , 10. LG Electronics, Inc. 1,624 patents , 11. FUJITSU LIMITED 1,535 patents , 12. SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION 1,461 patents , 13. Hitachi, Ltd. 1,436 patents , 14. Ricoh Company, Ltd. 1,410 patents , 15. Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. 1,394 patents , 16. GM Global Technology 1,377 patents , 17. QUALCOMM 1,292 patents , 18. Intel Corporation 1,290 patents , 19. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 1,285 patents , 20. BROADCOM 1,157 patents. All applicants were counted on the Patent Grants issuance date. Source: IFI CLAIMS Patent Services data The number of patents granted to Fujitsu Group companies other than Fujitsu Limited is 589 (15 companies). Total Fujitsu Group patents: 2,124

Intellectual Property Reports

In the interest of being thorough in disclosing activities involving intellectual property throughout the Fujitsu Group, we have been issuing annual intellectual property reports since 2006. These reports contain a wealth of information that ranges from the aims and roles of Fujitsu intellectual property strategies to initiatives and statistics.