Employees have the chance to submit their own ideas and, in doing so, to actively shape their workplaces. Costs that were reduced by 146.5 million euros in 2015 played a key role in keeping Deutsche Telekom competitive. In addition, workforce commitment enables the Group to position itself as a more innovative and more competitive enterprise. As an incentive for the innovators Deutsche Telekom awards attractive bonuses for successful suggestions. The Coppair idea took first place in the “Best employee idea” category of the 2015 Ideas Management Award presented by Deutsches Institut für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement. The submitters of the idea proposed simultaneous usage of mobile and fixed-line communications, which vastly improves download and, in particular, upload speeds. This makes a high and constant data rate possible before fiber roll-out is complete. A large number of units throughout the Group were involved in its implementation, and their commitment resulted in the product launch of Magenta Hybrid.
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.
279 patents were registered during the reporting period. By the end of 2015, we owned around 8,400 intellectual property rights (IPRs), considerably more 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 telecommunications 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 hand and alongside our own research and development activities, we want to pave the way to open innovation through collaboration projects 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 design patents. Thanks to our intense efforts to develop and structure our IPR portfolio, the rights we hold are highly valuable and firmly in line with our Group's strategic objectives. We have put in place a professional patent law management process to keep our IPR assets safe. Additionally, we are represented on various standardization bodies in our industry. We manage our IPRs on the basis of cost/benefit aspects, filing only selected applications and de-registering patents systematically.Reporting against standards
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.