Intellectual Property Management and Leakage Risks
We are aware that counterfeit Murata products are in circulation, in particular in the East Asian region. These counterfeits are handled by electronic component trading companies other than our authorized dealers and electronic commerce sites other than those belonging to the Murata Group. The counterfeit products do not meet Murata’s quality standards, and may result in major equipment malfunctions.
To ensure that our customers do not mistakenly purchase counterfeit products, we recommend that they purchase only from Murata sales offices or authorized Murata dealers.
In addition, with the cooperation of government organizations and other entities around the world, we are working to crack down on businesses selling illegal counterfeit products. For example, some time ago we began action against a company in China using a name similar to ours to sell counterfeit products, demanding that it changed its name and cease sales of these products, and our case was brought to a successful conclusion. We are also forcing other businesses selling counterfeit products to cease their activities through administrative exposure and other measures. In addition to this, with regard to the issue of the sale of counterfeit products on electronic commerce sites, we are working with the operators of the sites to correct or take down illicit pages that are selling counterfeit products, using trademarks without permission, using misleading labeling, etc.
In the future, we will continue to monitor the situation and take action.