Intellectual Property Management and Risk Compliance

Intellectual Property Management and Reduction of Risks

One key mission of the Intellectual Property Division is identifying and reducing risks related to intellectual property that lead to damage to corporate value through intellectual property management, including appropriate management of intellectual property and compliance.

Risk Management Compliance Structure

The Fujitsu Group established the Risk Management & Compliance Committee under the Board of Directors with the purpose of understanding key risks associated with business activities, including risks related to intellectual property, and formulating countermeasures designed to avoid, mitigate, and transfer risks, while persistently reviewing these countermeasures. Additionally, the committee prepares response measures in the event of risks becoming realized, despite the implementation of various countermeasures.

OSS Compliance

At the same time as utilizing Open Source Software (OSS), which is essential for developing and improving the quality of digital technology and IT services, the Fujitsu Group also contributes to the development of OSS by participating in communities and actively engaging in the open-sourcing of our own technology. We practice OSS compliance and respect OSS developers and communities to enable our customers to safely use the software. Specifically, we have established internal regulations to ensure proper OSS use, and we manage how the software is used by our organization, with a focus on the Intellectual Property Division.

In recent years, a nested inventory system called the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), which summarizes and manages software components, has been rapidly gaining acceptance and—especially for software delivered to the US government—OSS usage–reporting based on SBOM is becoming increasingly mandatory. Going forward, the importance of OSS management by the Intellectual Property Division will accelerate, while compliance with SBOM may become a necessary condition when conducting global business.

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