Murata’s core competencies 2

Continuous R&D investment enabling product development and accumulation of intellectual property

Murata has built an integrated system of manufacturing, from raw materials to finished products, and we have independently developed technologies in the application of materials and other such core areas of our operation, obtaining a level of expertise that many other companies have not been able to reach. Through continuous investment in innovation, we have sought to differentiate our products, and this has become one of major factors in Murata’s strengths.

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Accumulation of intellectual property

Murata sees the strengthening of its intellectual proper ty (IP) as a critical part of our product development efforts and overall business plan, and we are proceeding with IP strategies and activities accordingly. Each business division and product development department has a representative and a patent leader, both of whom promote IP activities in their respective areas in cooperation and alignment with the corporate IP Department; those representatives and patent leaders play a central role in managing and encouraging IP activities. We also cultivate a company-wide sense of awareness of the value of our IP through various events such as education for all levels of employees, workshops, and patent forums.

Trends in the number of patents owned by Murata

The number of patents owned by Murata is increasing year by year. This is due to an increasing number of applications resulting from expansion in various technological fields as a result of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), and the inclusion of the number of patents that have been transferred. The reason for an increase in the number of foreign applications is that our ratio of sales outside of Japan has increased, and we have been proactive in filing new applications. When moving forward with international applications, we utilize a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to ascertain appropriate countries where we should file with consideration for optimizing cost effectiveness.

Murata’s core competencies 1

Anticipation of market needs

Murata’s core competencies 2

Continuous R&D investment enabling product development and accumulation of intellectual property

Murata’s core competencies 3

Strong monozukuri capabilities enable timely supply