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Research & Development and Intellectual Property

Toshiba’s goal is to pave the way for a safe, secure and comfortable society by creating and offering through our technology new value that leads to the solving of global-scale social issues. We aim to do this by listening at all times to the demands of the market and our customers through our 360-degree marketing, and by maximizing the achievements we have made during our research and development through a global intellectual property strategy.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

Toshiba's goal is to build a corporate foundation that continues developing together with society through technology. In addition to offering our products, Toshiba aims to contribute to society in ways including creating new value from combining products and services.

FY 2015 Achievement

In order to create and monetize new technology, we have utilized our core technology in our research and development, and rebuilt our structure into one which can develop solutions through dialogue and collaboration with our customers.

Future Challenges and Approaches

Focusing on three business areas, energy, infrastructure and storage, we will advance our research and development in order to promote our “New Concept Innovation,” which seeks to create new value through the combination of solutions and services. We will also cooperate with external organizations more actively, in order to provide new value to society more rapidly than ever before.

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Research and Development

Research and development strategy

The Toshiba Group aims to solve social issues, mainly in the areas of energy, infrastructure and storage, and to realize a safe, secure and comfortable society. We will create new value through two means, one is seeking to discover society’s latent needs and issues at an early stage and creating revolutionary technology, and the other will create synergy by applying the Toshiba Group’s wide array of technical assets in diverse ways.

In the area of storage, we will contribute to society by further promoting our high-capacity storage technology, developing information systems and data centers that deploy this technology, and offering cloud infrastructure, in order to meet the exponentially increasing amount of data.

In the area of social infrastructure, we will provide highly reliable technology and services to a wide range of customers who support society and industry through buildings, facilities and public infrastructures, in order to realize a safe, secure and reliable society.

In the area of energy, we will promote the stable supply and efficient use of conventional energy. In addition, we will help limit CO2 emissions by providing the world with technology and services that create, distribute and store clean energy, thus contributing to the realization of a low carbon society.

Issues that must be tackled globally, such as population growth and the Earth’s environment, will grow ever more diverse and complex. In order to contribute to society by solving as many issues as possible, we will accelerate our research and development, strengthening our collaborations with external organizations and incorporating new technologies and services.

Toshiba Group Research & Development Structure

Toshiba conducts research and development in locations that best suit the purpose in question, both in terms of leading in a technical sense based on seeds and concepts, and of leading in terms of product planning and the business model. We have a research and development structure in which our research and development sites are categorized into the following: corporate laboratories that tackle mid-to long-term basic research; works laboratories that engage in mid-term component technology development; and engineering departments and Group companies that deal with product technology that realizes products and services. This structure is optimal for solving technological challenges.

Toshiba Group Research & Development Structure

Toshiba Group Research & Development Structure

Toshiba has built research and development sites in the U.S., Europe, China, India and so on that conduct research and development in collaboration with our sites in Japan. In order to boost our global competitiveness, we are improving our capacity to respond swiftly to changes in the market, in our research and development as well. Particularly in China and the rest of Asia, where markets are expanding, we are working to build not only manufacturing sites, but also local engineering sites and development sites. In the future, we will base our research and development in developing countries, and produce products for the global market, including developed countries.

Major R&D bases in Japan and overseas

Major R&D bases in Japan and overseas

Collaborations with external parties

Towards achieving a clean energy society that does not emit CO2 (April 2015, March 2016)

An independent energy supply system utilizing hydrogenAn independent energy supply system utilizing hydrogen

Toshiba is testing a CO2-free, autonomous hydrogen energy supply system in a public facility in the coastal area of Kawasaki City that can provide a stable supply of electricity and warm water using renewable energy and hydrogen. This system has also been installed at Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station on the JR Nambu Line in Kawasaki City, and will start operation in spring 2017. We will continue to develop such systems for various applications—the BCP model, a resort model, a remote island model, an office model and so on—and to contribute to achieving a clean society that uses hydrogen-based energy and does not emit CO2.

Toshiba Begins Operation of Autonomous Energy Supply System Utilizing Renewable Energy and Hydrogen

Toshiba Wins Order to Supply Autonomous Hydrogen Energy Supply System H2One™ to JR East

Increasing data capacity even further (September 2015)

Toshiba Develops World's First 256Gb, 48-layer BiCS FLASH™BiCS FLASH™ three-dimensional flash memory

Toshiba launched sample chips of 256 Gbit/chip BiCS FLASH™; three-dimensional 48-layered 3-bit/cell flash memory in collaboration with SanDisk. Data capacity of BiCS FLASH™ is successfully achieved twice as much as that of conventional two-dimensional floating gate NAND flash memory. We keep increasing the capacity to meet demands in rapidly growing storage market.

BiCS FLASH is a trademark of TOSHIBA Corporation.

Toshiba Develops World's First 256Gb, 48-layer BiCS FLASH™

Achieving a low-carbon society by accelerating the widespread use of electric buses (February 2016)

Wirelessly charged EV busWirelessly charged EV bus

In collaboration with Waseda University, Toshiba has developed an EV bus system that centers around an electric bus featuring the latest wireless charging device that can be recharged without cables, and a SCiB™ lithium-ion rechargeable battery. We are running verification tests on public roads in the King SkyFront area in Tonomachi, Kawasaki City, which is an International Strategic Zone, and the area surrounding Haneda Airport, with the cooperation of Kawasaki City and ANA.

Collaborative research and development with overseas universities

Result Presentations at Tsinghua University Left: Naoto Nishida, Corporate Executive Vice President, Toshiba Corporation Right: Shi Dang, Deputy Secretary, Tsinghua University
Result Presentations at Tsinghua University
Left: Naoto Nishida, Corporate Executive Vice President, Toshiba Corporation
Right: Shi Dang, Deputy Secretary, Tsinghua University

In order to incorporate different countries’ perspectives on global issues into our R&D, Toshiba is advancing collaborative research and development with local universities, and supporting the training of human resources for the future. With China’s Tsinghua University, we conduct collaborative research in energy and the environment, as well as in the fields of healthcare and semiconductors; in the case of India’s IIT Madras, we are collaboratively engaged in research in fields such as energy. Through such research, we are endeavoring to create products and services that contribute to society, and that are suited to each local environment. Moreover, we offer scholarship programs to Vietnam National University, and University of São Paulo, to support the education of human resources for the future.

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Protection of Intellectual Property

Basic Policy on Intellectual Property

Toshiba Group's basic policy on intellectual property rights is to observe laws and regulations associated with them, to protect the results of intellectual activities with the rights and thus make extensive use of those results, and to respect the legitimate intellectual property rights of third parties. This policy is stipulated in the Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct.

Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct 12. Intellectual Property Rights

Toshiba is also making efforts to bolster our intellectual property that contributes to business development, especially in the priority business areas of energy, infrastructure and storage. We will endeavor to ensure that these measures contribute effectively to the Toshiba Group's business recovery, and to ensuring improved profits.

Our Structure Concerning Intellectual Property

Toshiba advances Toshiba Group’s intellectual property strategy with our basic policy: “All for IP-driven contributions to business”. We are developing intellectual property assets contributing to our business, especially in the focusing business areas: Energy, Storage and Infrastructure. Our patents will work for rebuilding our businesses and ensure a strong position for producing revenue in the market. We will continue to work actively to pursue patents supporting businesses and expand business revenue by effectively utilizing IP assets in every business transactions.

Toshiba Group's Intellectual Property Strategy

Toshiba Group's Intellectual Property Strategy

Toshiba Group Intellectual Property Management Structure (As of April 2016)

Toshiba Group Intellectual Property Management Structure (As of April 2016)

Social contribution through technology transfer

Toshiba is taking actions to contribute to the development of local industries, by releasing our intellectual property such as patents, and thus promoting the distribution of technology.

Toshiba also supports Kawasaki City's efforts that are aimed at developing local industry through the transfer of intellectual property to SMEs. In October 2015, we participated in the Kawasaki Intellectual Property Symposium, and received inquiries from many companies.

We will continue to take part in such activities, in order to widely publicize our technology and contribute to the development of local industries, and ultimately of local communities.

Measures against Counterfeit Products

The Toshiba brand symbolizes the value of the Toshiba Group as a corporation, and the value of the products that we offer. Failure to take action against counterfeits of Toshiba products would pose not only the risk of damage to Toshiba's brand value and public confidence, but also the risk of purchasing counterfeit products that do not meet the quality expectations of customers who mistake them for genuine products. For this reason, we strive to eradicate counterfeit products, collaborating with domestic and overseas anti-counterfeit organizations, and are actively appealing to local bodies such as government agencies for more stringent control.

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