Protecting Intellectual Property
Intellectual property is an extremely important business asset for pharmaceutical companies. Under our intellectual property strategy, we protect various innovations, such as drug compounds, use application, crystalline forms, manufacturing methods, formulations, drug discovery targets and basic research technologies. As part of drug in-licensing and out-licensing activities, we conduct due diligence with respect to intellectual property and take every possible step to prevent the Group’s business activities from infringing a third party’s intellectual property. We also carry out brand design activities aimed at building trust in the Shionogi brand and preventing counterfeiting. Shionogi works to protect its intellectual property, taking all legal means necessary if the Group’s intellectual properties appear to have been infringed.