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Intellectual Property Strategy

Positioning intellectual property (IP) rights as one of the most important management resources, Fuji Electric is working to implement IP strategies that are aligned with its business and R&D strategies to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of its globalization-compatible business.


Intellectual Property Policy

  • Strengthen IP activities that extend back into the stages of business planning and R&D
  • Investigate and respond to overseas IP systems and their current statuses and reinforce IP activities at overseas bases
  • Promote international standardization activities

Main Activities

IP Activities in the Initial Stages of Business

We endeavored to formulate IP strategies from the business and R&D theme planning stage. After confirming business and R&D directives, these strategies were drafted based on patent analysis and surveys. We also took steps to develop patent portfolios that ensure a strong advantage in business activities.

In its continuous efforts to strengthen coordination with business and development divisions, Fuji Electric is going to make more active use of its IP portfolios.

Main Fields for Patent Applications

  • Patents relating to increasing the efficiency and energy savings of power electronics products
  • Patents pertaining to power semiconductors, such as those for SiC-related technologies
  • Patents relating to vending machines and other areas of the food and beverage distribution field

Global IP Activities

Fuji Electric continues to address overseas IP issues and implement measures against counterfeit products to minimize business risks related to IP.

In fiscal 2017, the patent survey and application functions in China that were enhanced during fiscal 2016 were used in advancing survey and application activities spearheaded by our local Chinese IP division. At the same time, we implemented measures for countering risks associated with counterfeit products and IP.

As part of its contributions to international standardization movements, we collaborated with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international institution aimed at developing standards for electric and electronic technologies. Specifically, Fuji Electric contributed as a member of the international committees responsible for establishing the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications (IECRE System). Most notably, Fuji Electric was chosen to represent Japan on the committee on solar power generation system operation and management.

Against a backdrop of increasing globalization, Fuji Electric will move ahead with initiatives linked to its business and R&D strategies as well as IP activities aimed at addressing IP issues faced overseas. We will also seek to contribute to business through proposal activities based on global standards in light of the trend toward IoT.

Patent meeting at Fuji Electric (China) Co., Ltd.

Fuji Electric was celebrated as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators 2017

Fuji Electric continues to address overseas IP issues and implement measures against counterfeit products to minimize business risks related to IP.

In fiscal 2017, the patent survey and application functions in China that were enhanced during fiscal 2016 were used in advancing survey and application activities spearheaded by our local Chinese IP division. At the same time, we implemented measures for countering risks associated with counterfeit products and IP.

Fuji Electric was chosen, for the first time, to be included in the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators by Clarivate Analytics, a global information service company located in Philadelphia in the United States.

This company seek to identify the most innovative organizations around the globe based on the patent data on the viewpoint of VOLUME, SUCCESS, GLOBALIZATION, and INFLUENCE.

Shiro Kondo (right), Corporate General Manager of the Corporate R&D Headquarters, receiving trophy from Clarivate Analytics


Number of Patents Held and Patent Applications


International Standardization

We would like to introduce our efforts in international standardization as part of Fuji Electric’s intellectual property strategy.

Fuji Electric’s effort for international standardization

As one of our management policies, we aim to achieve further growth through our global business expansion. We have been strengthening our international standardization activities in order to make the transition into a global business. In order to determine and implement policies for promoting international standardization, we have established an international standardization committee for the Fuji Electric Group where our international standardization strategies have been formulated based on the trends of international standardization in the world. Furthermore, we have established an international standardization working group for each profit center in order to promote international standardization activities in cooperation with relevant departments.

As part of human resource development in international standardization activities, we have actively filed candidates in the “Young Professionals Programme”*1 implemented by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a program for developing young human resources and have had them participate in the Program as highly capable personnel meeting the strict requirement of only 3 persons per country. In addition, we have produced graduates of the “Young Professional Japan” program implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), just like the IEC's program for developing young human resources. Through such programs offered by METI as well as IEC, we have been making efforts to develop young human resources capable of playing a successful role in international conferences in the future.