Intellectual Property Management Policy

The Sumitomo Forestry Group strives to properly manage intellectual property, including the protection of intellectual property at the right time based on the unique characteristics of each business and processing of intellectual property rights of others as necessary, to sustain and improve competitiveness as infringement from imitation to theft of trademarks and copyrights are one risk facing corporate management.

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Systems for Managing Intellectual Property

Sumitomo Forestry established the Intellectual Property Department and it employs a number of patent lawyers on its department staff. The Intellectual Property Department provides a wealth of support that includes education to cultivate knowledge about intellectual property in employees, legal consultation about the infringement and violation of intellectual property rights, assistance for the execution of various contracts related to intellectual property as well as the creation of intellectual property in Tsukuba Research Institute and each division in addition to filings and the protection of the intellectual property that is created.

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Initiatives for Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Education

The Intellectual Property Department conducts classroom training for Sumitomo Forestry Group employees as required for the purpose of systematically teaching the correct knowledge and fundamental actions for handling intellectual property from the perspectives of compliance and risk management. Each year since fiscal 2012, a compliance-focused e-learning program for all Group employees has been conducted using the intranet.

In fiscal 2017, Sumitomo Forestry held eight training sessions on intellectual property for employees in charge of research and development as well as marketing and planning at the Tsukuba Research Institute, business departments and affiliate companies in an effort to ensure thorough compliance and risk management.

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Education through the Company Intranet

Sumitomo Forestry has set-up a company intranet site called Intellectual Property Farm. The site provides Sumitomo Forestry Group employees with a fundamental grounding in intellectual property as well as a simple explanation about trademark rights that employees ought to understand when promoting business activities. The site also posts information on the latest topics concerning intellectual property.

Setup of Internal Intellectual Property Farm Website

Setup of Internal Intellectual Property Farm Website

Toward the Future

In the future, we will strive to heighten the appropriate management of intellectual property by systematizing intellectual property education and improving the operational flow of surveys into the intellectual property owned by others among other processes.

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