Intellectual Property

Utilization of Intellectual Property / Promotion of Activity Plans

Utilization of intellectual property

Within the Group, each department works with the Intellectual Property Department to conduct intellectual property activities. Business departments, the R&D Department, and the Intellectual Property Department cooperate to help develop the Group’s businesses and enhance brand value by filing for, managing, and utilizing patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property protections.
出光興産, DFF Inc.

Promotion of intellectual property activity plans

Idemitsu has a structure that establishes intellectual property departments in each division to swiftly and effectively solve issues in line with each business’s characteristics and strategies in a wide range of business fields. These divisional intellectual property departments act in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Department to smoothly carry out a range of intellectual property activities, such as surveying and analyzing intellectual property-related information as well as filing for and utilizing intellectual property while engaging in external negotiations.
In the petroleum field, we have completed the filing of applications for trademark and design registration regarding the apollostation brand, which was renewed in 2021, to protect its brand value. In the lubricants field, we command a large share of the global market for refrigerating machine oil, which is one of our strengths, and we have established global patent portfolios.
Because market growth is expected in the OLED business, the core field of the electronic materials business, we have entered into alliance agreements with companies in Japan and overseas that hold useful patents related to OLED materials, enabling the mutual use of patents in specific fields. Through these and other measures, we are working to create and expand businesses while expanding the areas in which development is possible.

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Number of registered patents held
出光興産, DFF Inc.