The Pro Forma Financial Information for the year ended December 31, 2015 reflects the merger of Holcim and Lafarge as if the Merger had occurred on January 1, 2015.
It reflects a hypothetical situation and is presented exclusively for illustrative purposes, as such it does not provide an indication of the results of operating activities that would have been obtained for the period ended on December 31, 2015.
Patent management: securing intellectual property
In 2015, we filed 35 new patent applications and were granted 103 patents. Today, with about 160 active patent families, representing approximately 1,750 granted national patents or patent applications, LafargeHolcim has the largest and most diversified patent portfolio in the industry, covering everything from cement manufacturing to construction solutions, and including sustainable development and waste management. LafargeHolcim’s patent strategy follows directly from its innovation strategy, producing patent solutions to ensure competitive advantage in key business segments. The Group’s Corporate Patent Organization is responsible for managing the patent portfolio across countries, taking legal action when needed, and ensuring a strong alignment between innovation and patent management.
The combined protected intellectual property of the two legacy companies strengthens our competitive advantage in all business segments.