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Japan IP News

Latest JPO Report on AI-related Patent Applications. The Third AI Boom. 16 January 2023.

The JPO reports on AI patent filings in the third AI Boom. The number of patent filings in Japan for AI-related inventions has demonstrated an upward trend since 2014 in the wake of the third AI boom. In 2020, it went up by around 14% from the previous year. 

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Japan Features in Trademark TM5 Annual Meeting: Multilateral Cooperation Benefits SMEs. November 2022

The Trilateral patent offices focus on SMEs and IP Ecosystem: a continued show of support for that part of the global economy which generates the highest amount of employment and economic growth.

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Third Japan-ASEAN Patent Experts Meeting On IoT Inventions and Translation Issues with Patent Application Documents Held. November 2022

On November 28, 2022, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the intellectual property (IP) offices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States held the Third Japan-ASEAN Patent Experts Meeting on IoT Inventions.

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Patent Trilateral Annual Meeting: A Focus on SMEs. November 2022

The Trilateral patent offices focus on SMEs and IP Ecosystem: a continued show of support for that part of the global economy which generates the highest amount of employment and economic growth.

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2022 Annual Meeting of the Industrial Design (ID5). Increasing international cooperation in the Industrial design field. Nov 2022.

Formed in 2015, the ID5 oversees global issues impacting the vital IP area of industrial designs (ID).  In this meeting, the ID5 tackled emerging technologies such as the Metaverse and interoperability. The ID5 is driving increasing international cooperation in the Industrial Design field.

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Enhanced US-JP Collaborative Search Pilot Program: Expedited Patent Protection in Both Countries
December 6, 2022

The JPO reports that petition filing for the US-JP Collaborative Search Pilot Program (CSP) has been simplified. Now in the third phase, the CSP, scheduled to expire at the end of October 2022, has been extended for another two years. The US-JP CSP is available for applicants who cross-file patent applications in both jurisdictions.  The JPO & USPTO expedited cross-file patent examination and petition program offers “remarkable improvements”.

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Seminars & Presentations

How SMEs Can Use IP To Improve Profits & Business Strength.

In a live seminar held in Tokyo, November 25th, 2022, Takaaki Kimura shared his experience in helping companies leverage IP as a resource to build profits and competitive advantage, and reduce risk. The title of the seminar is indicative of the valuable insights it offers: How SMEs Can Use IP To Improve Profits Business Strength.

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Resources

Chinese Utility Model Right Infringement. A Case Study. Difficulties in Overcoming Local Protectionism in China

Based on the utility model registration of a Japanese company in China, we filed an injunction request with the administrative agency of a certain local city in China. This case study explains two solutions to overcoming local patent protectionism in China.

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Secret Prior Art In Global Patent Law. Understanding the Differences in Legal Systems in Major Countries

If a patent application (latter application) is filed with the claimed invention being identical to the description in the specification of a former patent application, the application may be rejected when the former patent application is laid open to the public after the filing of the latter patent application. Understanding secret prior art in Japanese and global patent law is important.

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IP Dispute Resolution in Japan, the United States, and Europe – Recent Symposium and Developments. Tokyo, October 2022.

IP dispute resolution is at the core of the IP system globally. The effort required by companies and IP professionals in the stages of application, examination, granting and managing of IP assets is substantial.  However, it is when faced with infringement and the battle to protect IP these efforts, that your ability to prevail is put to the test. The latest trends in IP dispute resolution in Japan and globally are essential to understand.  

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JPO Success in Fast Tracking and Reducing Pendency of Trademark Examinations. Tokyo, November 2022

The JPO has been improving the speed and quality of patent and trademark examinations. In fact, they have stated their aim to be the fastest in the world, and the recent publication of related statistics confirms Japan is achieving more timely trademark applications.

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JPO Publishes Monthly Trial / Appeal Decisions & Opinions in English. October 2022.

Read the JPO’s monthly Trial Decisions & Opinions In English. Indeed, there are important IP rights learning from reading JPO decisions – being able to do so in professionally translated documents is exceptionally convenient.

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JPO Publishes Japanese Inventions that Contribute Innovation Globally. You Might Be Surprised.

JPO Publishes Japanese Inventions that Contribute Innovation Globally. You Might Be Surprised.

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JPO Dispatches Experts to IP Offices In ASEAN Developing Countries. JPO’s Ongoing Partnership with the WIPO & Developing Countries. Update October 2022

The JPO reports that it has sent patent examiners as long-term experts to IP offices in ASEAN. The JPO states that it works together with “our partners in developing economies for establishing the enhanced IP infrastructure”.  In this article we look at the JPO’s Ongoing Partnership with the WIPO & Developing Countries. Update October 2022.

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JPO Guidelines for Collective Examinations for IP Portfolio (CEIP). Supporting Business Strategy. Revisions July 2022.

Japanese CEIP applications are key to business strategy. The Japan Patent Office (JPO) recognizes the importance for “enterprises to amass Intellectual Properties and utilize them”. They note that along with globalization and diversified business styles, the JPO will support companies’ business strategy by providing such services as follows:

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Resources

Design Registration Hurdles in Japan Compared to Other Countries. Are they the Highest?

The JPO is conducting comparatively high-level and detailed examinations. Design registration hurdles in Japan compared to other countries should be considered.

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Resources

What Is the Evidence Value of Private Documents In Patent Opposition Cases & Patent Invalidation Trial Cases?

In PTO cases, a problem is evaluating the evidence value of private documents for patent invalidation or opposition in Patent litigation.

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Resources

Should You Register Patents Under the President’s Name or the Company Name? Patent Registrations and Infringement Litigation Implications.

Always register IP under the company name, even when it is supported or created by the president’s technical capabilities.

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Updated Guide to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) Licensing In Japan: September 2022

Global SEP licensing negotiations are continuing to be transformed, and The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has published the 2nd Edition of its Guide To Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents.

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USPTO Joins JPO in WIPO GREEN: the international green-technology platform.
From a Japanese initiative In Green Patent Databases and Resources

WIPO GREEN connects climate change problems with sustainable solutions. We see the WIPO GREEN, IPO GREEN and the GXTI as useful resources for all companies, including SME’s in developing and improving their IP and business strategy.