Idemitsu is striving to help its employees to be mindful of Intellectual property by, for example, providing staff education.
Intellectual Property Department conducted patent training four times in November and December 2019, with 243 participants from 13 departments. In this training, 7 courses were prepared to learn the practical techniques and methodologies according to the needs of employees in daily business operations. As the business expands globally, understanding intellectual property, including patents, has become more important than before.
Through group discussion, the participants learned to understand the essence of one’s invention (intellectual property) as the output of research. They also tried to examine information leakage cases faced by other companies; identifying the problems and considering their countermeasures. The training course was full of practical contents.
On July 22 and 30, 2019, basic patent training was conducted mainly for young employees in technical fields. These training sessions are held annually to enable employees to obtain a deeper understanding of functions and importance of intellectual property (IP), and this year, 40 employees from eleven business units and laboratories attended the sessions. The training program included not only explanations about the outline of the Patent Act but also practical exercises in information search and other areas. One of the trainees expressed, “I am able to deepen my understanding of IP because the lecturer took Idemitsu’s patents as examples and explained whether particular patents are new or not.”, while other commented, “I want to know more about search tools.” which indicates that the training was meaningful. Practical patent training is scheduled for November, and in the future, the company will continue to spread knowledge regarding IP throughout the organization and improve the employees IP skill.