Inventing The Future
Verdex has been granted multiple patents for its novel Two Phase® nanofiber fabrication method capable of producing a wide range of polymeric non-woven materials using a solvent-free, high throughput process.
Verdex has also been granted a patent for a unique Coform® process whereby nanofibers can be impregnated with nanoparticles providing unique functionalities such as super-absorbency of liquids, anti-bacterial properties, electrical or heat conductivity or resistance to chemicals.
Additionally Verdex has several patents pending and will be filing further related patents in the coming months.
Within Verdex, the management strategy, IP strategy, and R&D strategy of each operation are integrated as one, with the creation of new businesses as an important management task. IP activities are advanced in direct connection with the management of operations to gain business advantage by the steady acquisition of IP rights from R&D results, enabling the creation of new businesses and the securement of profitability in existing businesses.
The core operating company takes the lead in formulating IP strategy for each operation in line with the relevant business characteristics. The primary focus is on strengthening existing businesses, with equal emphasis placed on the quality and the quantity of patents. Strategic licensing is performed when it is deemed an effective means to heighten the contribution of IP rights to our own business operations.
A relationship of mutual trust and reliance is fostered between the personnel working on IP and those working on R&D, as the IP and R&D functions advance in close coordination to strengthen business operations.
2 Phase Flow Nano/Micro Fiber Nozzle
Patent No: US8668854
Functionalizing Particles Adhered to Fibers
Patent No: US8808594
Verdex maintains a strategic database (SDB) of patent information to enable strategic analysis in the management of its IP portfolio. The information contained in the SDB is used for advancement of the business operations, R&D, and IP activities.
One unique characteristic of the SDB is the inclusion of supplementary information specific to each individual patent (both in-house patents and other company patents) as related to each R&D project. The supplementary information includes a rank of importance, status of use, technology category, and countermeasures to other company patents.
Key aspects of the utilization of this SDB include 1) tracking trends in technologies, in markets, and in other companies, 2) identifying subjects for R&D, 3) clarifying the positioning of technologies and patents, including those of other companies, and 4) identifying patents which would pose an impediment to R&D and to business operations, and formulating countermeasures.