Together with the Production Unit and the Sales Unit, Shin-Etsu Polymer’s Development Unit refines core technologies and develops in-house products to respond quickly to market needs. Since our founding, we have conducted multifaceted development of the core technologies we have cultivated over many years based on fundamental technologies backed up by our extensive experience and knowledge as a manufacturer of plastics. We apply our compounding technology for functional resins, such as conductive materials, and our precision microfabrication processing technology to develop innovative products. Through our integrated development system from design to evaluation, we provide high-value-added products that meet diverse customer needs.
The Shin-Etsu Polymer Group recognizes that patents, technological know-how and other intellectual properties are key management assets. Accordingly, we set intellectual property strategies for each business field with a different business model and promote the full use of “offensive” and “defensive” intellectual property management to support the development of new markets and new customers.
For offensive management, the Intellectual Property Department works together as one with the Sales Unit, the Development Unit and the Production Unit to promote measures such as strategic patent filing and registration of industrial property rights. We intend to actively use our intellectual property rights to gain a competitive edge in the market.
For defensive management, we conduct measures such as increasing our global research activities and dealing with intellectual property life cycle management and intellectual property-related agreements, based on respect for the intellectual property rights of other companies. We also conduct educational and awareness-building activities such as ongoing intellectual property training to raise the level of our intellectual property activities.
The number of registered patents and other intellectual property assets of the Shin-Etsu Polymer Group as of March 31, 2018 and 2019 was as follows.