He joined at 23 per day, resume, and business activities of consternation that there was seen
Shamefully, twice, have experience of work for me.He attended the Hello Work both times, it was taken care of unemployment insurance.
In this paper, is the story of a patent based on the experience of unemployment at the time of the first.I (as detailed in the first of this series is the whole story) that early retirement by Hitachi in October 2002.After that, I changed jobs to a company called Semiconductor Energy Laboratory.
The unemployed, I sent a resume to a company of 22, but all swing away.This is a company that sent the resume of 23 per day,, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, a company that has been adopted, and reach the interview for the first time.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, is a company of extremely rare form that performs research and development, such as semiconductor and liquid crystal, and patented Based on the results, and continues to profit only the exercise of the patent basically.
Work he was interesting exciting, but horse can not match the mountains? Shuntaira Mr. President, it is said to be “me not come from tomorrow”, it has become to retirement just six months after you change jobs.As a result, in April 2003 and happily (?Was) unemployment.
It was a short period of time, but it was an intense experience in the Semiconductor Energy Laboratory.For patents, I think that kick ass beaten on the head, shattered to pieces the values until it is especially.
“Patent of You’re all garbage”
In interviews prior to joining, I was hit by a lead-off first.Once in the drawing room, 5-6 books as had been standing on top of the desk is a thick pipe type G file.And, the very beginning, mountain? President said:.
“It’s all patents that you have been filed in Hitachi.Some 55.I read all.It’s all garbage patent.it can not even make a sentence ”
In fact, I had a considerable confidence in the patent.In Hitachi, depending on the importance of the patent, (important, international application) (the most important, strategic patent, international application), B, C (national application), (consider the national application) D A, E (application pending) I put a rank and.I had filed a number of patent B and A.There were a few times that it has been honored at patent.
However, in the lump together them, it has been in moss and “garbage patent”.I was surprised also to the president and that he read it examine all patents yourself, “this guy, you! Whether you doing selling fight,” said that the belly stood fiercely needless to say than that.
“There is no talent of patent to you”
before I fight back, 3 parts, the president gave me throwing documents of the A4 in front of.It’s patent was established with request for examination “recently, my three.To say “please read it’ll do 30 minutes, and went out from the drawing room.
Since you’ve done the other party to complain comes out, even while angry, reluctantly, began reading the patent specification that is passed.They were patent of a device.Claims of the patent (claim), it has been defined in the device structure.And I thought it was to avoid this patent to be difficult equivalent.From the point of view of competition, it was I felt patent and disgusting really.
30 minutes have passed in the blink of an eye, the president came in again.And, I think if “?I’ve heard that “.
Out of spite that was vilified as “garbage” the patent of their own, one of sarcasm also wanted to say, but I was not to admit that the quality of the patent is high unfortunately.So we said, “patent has been established in the device structure, it is difficult to avoid, it is patent that seems disgusting” and honestly.
Then, the president chided me as follows:.
Or that much “? So you’ve got a bad.There is no talent of the patent to you.Look at the date on which the patent has been established.I know, 17 years from now, this patent, I continue to earn royalties.Totaling’s become several trillion yen ”
The author who has done only purely technological development, had never seen a patent (in the eye that is, of whether earn how much in this patent) in such eye.It was a complete defeat unfortunately.
And left for home and was able to interview the first time in history Books Delivery of 23 per day, and while I think “Do not do it Koryaa”.
To adopt in reversal for some reason
However, as soon as you return home, there is a call from the general manager of the Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, do not say “I have to say the President wants to adopt you, me coming even from tomorrow” and.
Why is it though was vilified Kusomiso the “president?I asked the “is that I make use of the experience of” In the past, with “I want you to work on technology development.
Because I feel that you are deceived something was, just to be sure, I had done an interview for the second time.And I was confirmed and treatment work content.Job Description is a technical development, not the patent was told “there is no talent,” said treatment was something comparable to Hitachi era.So, there is an uneasy feeling that it Will get along with the president, but it was to sign a document of joining.
By the way, the mountain? Mr. President, is a master of invention that people in the know in possession also 2,000 patents each know.Record of 2,000 has surpassed lightly the 1200 review of Edison, which is said to be master of invention in the United States.Semiconductor Energy Laboratory has become the 6314 review 3245 review (at the time, in 2011 who is also receiving Guinness certification patented the world in 2004.From the company’s Web site).
Companies pour the total energy in the exercise of patent
This is an exclusive right to the patent, the right may be patented fees and royalties (although there are many cases where it is on trial) it is possible to exercise, and exercise.
I knew the concept is such a thing.However, did not you have the right to exercise on your own actual age to Hitachi.It was the work of the Patent Department.As a result, did not have as their senses the “exercise of patent”.
However, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory is’re pouring all of the energy in the right exercise and patent rights acquisition.And, increase the benefit as a result of such exercise, is are you employment of 280 people employees (and I checked on the web site, some 778 people in the April 1, 2011).
At that time, 280 people in, except for the 10 or so people of the General Affairs Department, the other half was a patent troops technology development team, and the other half.I was surprised at first to the number of troops this patent.
At one time, royalty income is more than 500 憶円, Patent Department of the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, the author was enrolled, was featured often in the media such as TV and newspapers.1,300 of all employees of the Central Research Institute, the number of the patent part, was about 100 people.
However, the Patent Department of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, even though there are only 280 people, all employees have passed, what, the number is more than the Patent Department of the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory.
You can exercise the right how
Moreover, it turned out, but surprisingly, those of staff in charge of the litigation from staff to perform the patent application was often.
For example, suppose Intel, and has launched a new processor.Immediately, get this, this company is to reverse-engineer.And reverse engineering, by decomposing and analyzing the product, is a means to derive the design and manufacturing process information.
In the case of a semiconductor product such as a processor, to extract the integrated circuit chip from the package.I take the electron micrograph cross-section of the chip.Further, while the film strip layer by layer by wet etching, spree taking an electron micrograph of a cross-section.In this way, their preparation processes and device structures, generally, it is possible to elucidate.
In this way, at the stage when balanced electron micrograph of the chip cross-section is explore Patent amounting to 3,000 to Semiconductor Energy Laboratory holds is not longer used anywhere.
I also was allowed to observation of electron micrographs like this several times.In situ, for example, it is assumed that determination “in the fine processing technique, possible that this patent Semiconductor Energy Laboratory are used is high” and.Then, immediately, Patent Department is suing Intel!
In this way, constantly monitors the product of semiconductor manufacturers and Electric in Japan and overseas, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory has filed a lawsuit.Then, by performing the exercise, it is of’re getting royalties.Hear therefore, that there is a “mountain? Shuntaira Response Office” in the electronics company of many.
Japanese semiconductor manufacturers that can not be exercised
The business activities of the Semiconductor Energy Laboratory of attempts to acquire a profit by exercising the patent right, you’ve surprised to be honest.The exclusive rights of the patent, seemingly to exercise like this.In addition, the specification of the patent to obtain exclusive rights to what was something written like this.
I was reminded thought to patent the author of Hitachi era or was sweet how.No, it is not the only author.Patent strategy of semiconductor manufacturers and Electric of Japan, including the Hitachi felt acutely or were low-level how.
There are Tsutana of the patent strategy is one of the reasons for Japan semiconductor has decline.This continues, next time, I will report in detail.
Author: Takashi Yunoue
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