The Yamaha Group is proactive in its efforts to acquire, protect, and utilize important intellectual property rights created during the course of its business activities, such as those pertaining to new technological concepts, designs, products, or service names. At the same time, we view respect for the intellectual property rights of others as a basic principle, and the Compliance Code of Conduct contains stipulations pertaining to the protection of such intellectual property rights, which are faithfully observed. When conducting preliminary surveys in conjunction with the announcement of new product development projects or the acquisition of intellectual property rights, the Group strives to avoid infringing on existing rights by improving the precision of its surveys through the implementation of tools that utilize AI technologies.
In addition, regulations and bonus systems are in place with regard to the rights (patents, designs, etc.) to new inventions produced as part of work. The Yamaha Group also holds educational sessions for employees to ensure they are able to appropriately use intellectual property held by the Group or other parties. In addition to training upon hiring, Yamaha Corporation is enhancing its employee training programs through means such as holding training sessions for employees upon joining or being transferred to development and marketing divisions, including sessions related to the themes of patents, copyrights, and general management of intellectual property.