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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 solution for global-scale social issues. We aim to do this by listening at all times to the demands of the market and our customers, and by maximizing the achievements we have made during our research and development through a global intellectual property strategy.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

In addition to providing products with outstanding performance, functions, and quality, we create new value with solutions that make the most of relationships with customers developed through such products, thereby contributing to society.

FY 2016 Achievement

We enhanced R&D systems inside and outside our companies for the purpose of accelerating the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that provides the key to creating new solution and services.

Future Challenges and Approaches

Focusing on four business areas (Social Infrastructure, Energy, Electronic Devices, and Digital Solutions) that support people's lives and society, we will create innovative technologies and globally promote R&D to solve various societal issues by integrating solutions and services. We will also continue to enhance collaboration with external organizations to provide greater value to society more quickly.

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Research and Development

Research and development strategy

The social issues we are faced with today, such as resource and energy issues resulting from population increases, as well as climate change and environmental problems, are becoming more diverse and complex than ever. Focusing on the areas of Social Infrastructure, Energy, Electronic Devices, and Digital Solutions, Toshiba Group will promote technological development to grow and develop together with society. We aim to solve social issues not only with "substancial products" with outstanding performance, functions, and quality, but also with "substanciale solutions" that make the most of relationships with customers developed through such products.

In the area of Social Infrastructure, we will provide highly reliable technology and services to customers in a wide range of industries, including public infrastructure, buildings and facilities, and railroad and industry systems, 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 contribute to realizing a low-carbon society by providing the world with technology and services that create, distribute and store clean energy, including hydrogen. In the area of Electronic Devices, with a view to building infrastructure for a Big Data society, we will develop cutting-edge technologies—including new semiconductor and storage products—for various industries, such as memory/storage, industrial and automotive applications, and wireless communications. In the area of Digital Solutions, we will work together with customers to create digital services that make the most of our industrial know-how and IoT/AI technologies.

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 has started the operation of the H2One™, a CO2-free, autonomous hydrogen energy supply system designed to provide a stable supply of electricity and hot water by using renewable energy and hydrogen, at City of Yokohama Port and Harbor Bureau, Tohoku Electric Power Company, and JR Nambu Line Musashi-Mizonokuchi station. We reduced the size of the conventional stationary model to increase mobility, thereby developing an in-vehicle model that can provide energy quickly during a disaster. We will continue to develop such systems for various applications—the BCP model, a remote island model, etc.—and to contribute to achieving a clean society without CO2 emissions.

Toshiba H2One™ Hydrogen Based Autonomous Energy Supply System Now Providing Power to the City of Yokohama's Port & Harbor Bureau

Toshiba H2One™ Hydrogen Based Autonomous Energy Supply System Now Providing Power to Tohoku Electric Power Co.,

Toshiba's Autonomous Off-grid Hydrogen Energy System H2One™ now Providing Power at JR Station in Japan

Toshiba releases "H2One™ Truck Model", Hydrogen-Based Autonomous Energy Supply System loaded on Truck -- Improved mobility suitable for ensuring flexible energy supply in case of disaster --

Increasing data capacity even further (February 2017)

BiCS FLASH™ three-dimensional flash memoryBiCS FLASH™ three-dimensional flash memory

Toshiba launched sample chips of 512 Gbit/chip BiCS FLASH™; three-dimensional 64-layered 3-bit/cell flash memory in collaboration with SanDisk.

By optimizing circuit technology and processes, we reduced the chip size, thereby increasing memory capacity per unit area by approximately 1.65 times compared to 256-Gbit device that use the 48-layer stacking process.

Mass production is scheduled for the second half of 2017.

We will continue to cater to various market needs, including needs for larger capacity and smaller chip sizes.

  • * BiCS FLASH is a trademark of TOSHIBA Corporation.

Toshiba Now Shipping Samples of 64-Layer, 512-gigabit 3D Flash Memory

Achieving a low-carbon society by accelerating the widespread use of electric buses (March 2017)

Wirelessly charged EV busWirelessly charged EV bus

Toshiba has developed an EV bus system featuring the latest wireless rapid charging system and SCiB™ lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.With the cooperation of Kawasaki City and ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD., Waseda University and we drove EV buses on public roads in Kawasaki and areas near Haneda Airport from February 2016 to January 2017 to test the convenience of wireless recharging and reductions in CO2 emissions. This verification experiment was conducted as the Technological Development and Verification Project for CO2 Emission Reduction Enhancement, a project commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment.

Electric Bus with Toshiba's Wireless Charger Cuts CO2 Emissions by up to 60% in Field Testing

Enhancement of R&D in AI technology (March 2017)

As a center for the development of fundamental technology for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Toshiba opened the RIKEN AIP-Toshiba Collaboration Center at the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP). We will develop the technology to achieve "Autonomous learning AI for innovative productivity" focusing on the following three core areas:

  • "Improving Plant Productivity" covers AI technologies applied at process improvement in manufacturing facilities.
  • "Improving Intellectual Productivity" utilizes media data, to extract intelligence from data sources such as voices, images and texts.*1
  • "Automated Mobility and Robotics", which enables automation in infrastructure inspection and maintenance, and carrying task in logistics and distribution.
  • *1 To utilize enormous data from documents, e-mail, social media as "intelligence", by extracting necessary information which people want or need, and utilize it to increase the value of applications, and services and customer satisfaction.

Toshiba and RIKEN to Collaborate in AI Research and Development

Autonomous learning AI for innovative productivity

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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 is also making efforts to bolster and utilize actively our intellectual property that contributes to business development, in each business area of Energy, Electronic Devices and Digital Solution, especially centering on Social Infrstracture. We will endeavor to ensure that these measures contribute effectively to the Toshiba Group's business recovery, and to ensuring improved profits.

Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct 12. Intellectual Property Rights

Our Structure Concerning Intellectual Property

The organizational structure of the Intellectual Property Division is composed of the corporate Intellectual Property Office, and the intellectual property divisions at our individual laboratories, companies and affiliated companies.

The corporate Intellectual Property Office formulates and promotes company-wide strategy and measures regarding intellectual property, handles contracts and disputes, manages patent information and deals with matters related to intellectual property right laws, such as the Copyright Law.

On the other hand, the intellectual property divisions at laboratories, companies and affiliated companies promote intellectual property strategies based on their respective operations, and strive to enhance intellectual property, in order to build an excellent intellectual property portfolio.

Toshiba Group's Intellectual Property Strategy

Toshiba Group's Intellectual Property Strategy

Toshiba Group Intellectual Property Management Structure (As of April 2017)

Toshiba Group Intellectual Property Management Structure

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.

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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