Intensive R&D activity in the Energy and Telecom sectors has resulted in further growth in the number of patents held by the Group, especially in high-tech and high value-added segments. This wealth reflects the major investment made in these areas by the Group in recent years, which is important for the protection of our current and future business activities. Protecting the portfolio of patents and trademarks is a key part of the Group’s business, particularly in relation to our strategy of growth in high-tech market segments.
As of 31 December 2015, the Prysmian Group had over 4,500 patents and patent applications throughout the world, covering 771 inventions (of which 228 in the Energy Projects and Energy products and 543 in the Telecom business).
The most important products, typically involving specific characteristics or a specific production process, are protected by trademarks that allow them to be identified and guarantee their uniqueness.