Hexagon invests about 10–12% of net sales annually and employing around 5,000 people to focus on R&D.
General IP policy
It is policy of Hexagon to respect third party intellectual property and to protect and defend its own intellectual property.
Hexagon intends to avoid any violation of a third party patent by overall system architectures, products or related applications.
Due to various legal provisions the Hexagon group ensures that a proper risk management is in place (Compliance Programme à evtl. linking to compliance section/page ).
Hexagon seeks to protect its technology innovations to safeguard the returns on the resources that Hexagon assigns to R&D.
The Group strives to protect its technical innovations through patents and protects its intellectual property rights through legal proceedings when warranted.
Hexagon fosters innovation and educates its employees in the patenting process and in freedom-to-operate tasks.
Hexagon established an innovation process that includes corresponding milestones and documents covering forms, guidelines and examples, to ensure protection of inventions and freedom-to-operate (FtO).
In the event of potential collisions between own products and foreign intellectual property rights, Hexagon aims for an early and amicable solution providing mutual benefit. However, in cases of unjustified claims, Hexagon is prepared to defend its own position.
Enforcing of valid IP rights
Based on the internationally agreed procedures and measures to enforce intellectual property rights, Hexagon seeks to strictly enforced its valid IP rights in case of willful infringement.
For more information on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights : (TRIPS)
For more information on Hexagon's software piracy policy click here
Patent portfolio in light of the 4th industrial revolution
Hexagon’s patent portfolio shows a share of 36% of 4IR and related inventions.
Therein, it also shows a significant contribution to enabling technologies, especially in the segments of Geopositioning and 3D support systems.