Days long since believed to be over are a reminder that wide-scale economic
gloom could once again be the consequence, and at the very least companies
will have to prepare for greater uncertainty. For Elkamet, however, there is no
reason to stray from its current course. Investing more than five percent of the
earnings in Research & Development (R&D) has proven to be the correct
long-term strategy. A recent visible result of this is the launch of a motorcycle tank made of nylon and manufactured using an extrusion-injection
process, as reported here.
The focus of development work is on a commitment to new technologies, as
well as the assessment of combinations of processes and materials that entail
benefits for many applications.
Elkamet has started the 2014 business years with pleasing growth. In order to
secure the company’s successes in the long term one of the most important
points on the agenda is the protection of intellectual property. From case to
case the team devotes considerable energy, resolve and the corresponding
competence to this area – in the interests of customers and employees.
A company such as Elkamet thrives on its innovations: Three years after the company was founded in 1955 six inventions had already registered for patents, seven years later this figure had risen to 36, including patent registrations abroad. As the company grew in size the significance
of innovations and industrial property rights increased to an above-average de-
gree. Elkamet now has an international patent portfolio, und as a key topic it is
anchored accordingly in the Strategic Planning unit. Supported by international
teams of patent attorneys and lawyers, the registration of our own rights and
patents is conducted at an early stage, with patents in numerous technology
fields monitored on an ongoing basis so as to ensure the company has a free hand and conflicts are avoided – something we also do for the benefit of the Elkamet customers. If relevant, legally-valid industrial property rights come to Elkamet’s attention, we point these out to our business partners so that development projects may be steered in a risk-free direction at an early stage. In the case of industrial property rights which interfere with Elkamet and its customers, and which are found to be legally invalid following detailed examination, these are countered by the company with formal
objections, appeals and complaints for nullity; we doggedly pursue such cases
so as to reestablish our free hand. In part these may be very protracted law suits which Elkamet has also already fought out at Germany’s Supreme Court.