Our policy related to the handling of unknown technical information without acquisition of right

There is a possibility that we will receive a proposal of research plan (hereafter referred to as "the proposal") which includes similar or equivalent contents from multiple applicants, as well as a possibility that also in our company, the research which is similar or equivalent to the contents of the proposal is progressing.
Therefore, in the case that unknown technical information is included in the proposal which we receive from the applicants, we are not able to assume responsibility for the attribution of originality and protection of intellectual property rights related to its contents.
Applicants are supposed to select from the following.

  • Prior to submission of the proposal to us, make technical information deemed unknown publicly known through a contribution of theses, etc., or apply for a patent.
  • Limit the contents described in the proposal, and describe in a range where the unknown technical information is not included.
  • Even in the case that there is a possibility that the unknown technical information is included in the proposal, do not request for the attribution of the originality and protection of intellectual property rights.
  • In consideration of the content of this system, the method (1) is deemed to be most desirable.
    With regard to the hearing examination, please note that there may be a need to conclude a nondisclosure agreement especially in the case that the applicant requires it.