Intellectual Property (IP) Initiatives
OMRON implements its IP strategies in line with its IP policy to create innovation driven by social needs with near-future design.
- The OMRON Group strives to achieve innovation by sustaining and developing its business growth through the creation of quality IP and strategic exercising of IP rights. With its employees continuously exploring creative opportunities, the OMRON Group explores future social needs and creates new value.
- The OMRON Group respects the IP rights of third parties and minimizes the business risk associated with the infringement of IP rights so that employees can concentrate on their activities and ssecure the sound operation of the Group's business.
OMRON's IP initiatives start by building IP architecture, which is needed to develop near-future design—the starting point for creating innovation—and then implement IP strategies. The centerpiece of the OMRON Group's initiatives for IP, the Intellectual Property Center has identified its mission & vision to engage in daily activities concerning IP.
It is by living up to the mission & vision set by the members of the Intellectual Property Center that the OMRON Group realizes creating innovation driven by social needs through IP initiatives.
IP Awareness Raising (Patent Dojo)
Patents have become more than just one of the roleof development efforts, and are now a strategic tool that businesses need to source their competitive edge and leveraging open innovation with external partners. With this in mind, OMRON organizes "Patent Dojo," where all its engineers gather together to see their inventions in a different light and learn how to "document" such IP according to OMRON's original program that encompasses lectures and practical seminars where the skills for describing their inventions are taught. As they learn about the idea behind patents and the style of relevant documents, OMRON engineers turn their "intellect" into assets, thus continuously churning out new innovations.
Patent Dojo in Lectures
Reward for Inventions
Expanding initiatives to reward excellent inventions
OMRON has an appropriate reward system in place for inventions by employees in accordance with the provisions of the Patent Law.
In fiscal 2017, OMRON established a new reward system intended to further motivate and encourage employees to create excellent patents. By so doing, OMRON aims to increase the number of patents applied for and promote the proposal of innovative ideas, in order to further strengthen OMRON's business and intellectual property strategy.
In addition to expanding the monetary and honorary rewards, the new reward system also recognizes contributions made in OMRON's intellectual property activities. Not only individual employees but also organizations are eligible for this reward.
Through these initiatives, OMRON enhances the skills of its engineers to to write patent applications, which in turn leads to becoming highly regarded in external recognition.
Selected as Top 100 Global Innovator 2019 OMRON was selected for a fourth consecutive year from fiscal 2016 as a Top 100 Global Innovator, an award recognizing the best 100 innovative companies and research institutes