Employees have the chance to submit their own ideas and, in doing so, to actively shape their workplaces. Costs reductions of nearly €80 million in 2018 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. An incentive for idea generators: Deutsche Telekom awards attractive bonuses for successful suggestions.
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.
By the end of 2018, we owned around 7,800 intellectual property rights (IPRs). 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.