Ideas management

genial@telekom. Ideas management

Employees submitted 13,231 suggestions for improvement via the genial@telekom idea platform in 2014. The savings generated by these improvements came to 106,6 million euros. We registered 196 patents in the reporting period as well.

Employee involvement is encouraged via the genial@telekom ideas management platform. This data is relevant for criterion 14 (Employee rights) of the German Sustainability Code.

196 patents were registered during the reporting period. By the end of 2014, we owned around 7,900 intellectual property rights (IPRs), fewer than in the previous year. We take a targeted approach to managing these IPRs in consideration of cost-benefit aspects. We regularly take stock of our IPRs and eliminate those that are no longer relevant.

Patents are gaining more and more significance in the telecommu-nications industry. Market players and their areas of activity are changing, with a knock-on effect on our IPR (intellectual property rights) agenda. On the one hand, our Group's scope for action must be maintained. On the other and alongside our own research and development activities, we want to open the door to open innovation through cooperations and partnerships. National and international IPRs are vital for these types of activity. We are strongly dedicated to generating our own property rights. Industrial property rights include inventions, patent applications, patents, utility models and registered designs.

This data partially covers the V04-05 (Number of patents registered within last 12 months) and V04-06 (Percentage of patents registered within last 12 months in relation to total number of patents) EFFAS indicators.