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JPO 2022 STATUS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Released March 30, 2022, this report is meant to be a practical reference for IP practitioners in Japan, and globally. It addresses key IP trends by IP area as well as Policy Outcomes in such issues as harmonization updates, trials and appeals, and more.

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The Weak Patent “Doctrine of Equivalents in Japan”.
Understand The Important Differences From The USA and Europe.

In a case I managed, a foreign SME sued a large Japanese company for infringement in Japan based on its utility model rights. The patent applied to a health appliance, and the accused device was a similar appliance. As you’ll read, the Patent “Doctrine of Equivalents” is vitally important in all countries

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An Interim report of the Christian Louboutin red sole shoe trademark case. Recent Outcomes in Japan, the USA and Europe.

In a very high profile and significant case, Christian Louboutin is currently filing a trademark registration application in Japan for “red soles for women’s high heels”. The company was refused registration in the examination stage, and it is currently pending in the Appeal Stage. Different Counties – different decisions on one-colour trademarks.

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特許・新規性喪失の救済

日本では、出願前に自己の行為により発明品を公表して新規性を喪失した場合でも、1年以内に出願すれば特許庁は「新規性を喪失しなかった」ものとして審査される

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ECサイトへの出品禁止解除措置

一般に、ECサイトは「コンプライアンス」の観点から、特に知財権侵害の商品に関しては神経質になっており、「侵害している」旨のクレームがあった場合には、

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Understanding Relief of Patent Novelty Loss In Japan.

Loosing novelty regarding patents is a vital issue globally. It should be well understood in order to avoid the potential business and value loss than it can entail.

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Mini Case #3. Measures to lift the prohibition on listing on E-Commerce sites       

A new Kimura client consulted with us that “I was listing on a well-known E-Commerce Site but I was notified that I would have to stop listing because there was a possibility of infringement of design rights.

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Mini Case #2. Utilizing SME Patent Portfolio Strategy for Long-Term Value.       

This mini case shows the practical use of Patent Portfolios to leverage the value of inventions. Specially, by adding new Patents that build on a core technological innovation and ensuring long-term protection and greater commercial success

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Mini Case #1. Understanding SME Divisional Patent Application Strategy and Value.       

This mini case is a practical example of using Divisional Patent Applications as a means of building invention protection in Japan. For greater background detail, please see “Understanding Japan’s Divisional Application System” published August 21, 2021.

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特許ハーモナイゼーション」の議論の主旨について 特許ハーモナイゼーションの歴史・3

前回はPCTの理念と現状について、特に、国際調査制度を視点に述べた。以後、WIPOにおいて、かつて圧倒的熱量をもって長期間議論されながら、様々な事情から次第に収束せざるをえなかった「特許ハーモナイゼーション」 の議論についてお伝えする。

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日本における弁理士という職業について

日本においては弁理士という職業は、弁護士、公認会計士等に比して、余り知名度がない。

弁理士の基本的な職域は、産業財産権(特許、実用新案、意匠、商標)の国内及び外国での登録関連業務である。日本の弁理士制度は、欧州の弁理士制度、特に、ドイツの制度に近似しており、米国の弁理士制度とは異なる。

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History of Patent Harmonization ・ Part 3. The importance of the “Patent Harmonization” discussion. 

In Part 2, I described the philosophy and current status of the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty), especially from the perspective of the international search system. Here, I will address the importance of the “patent harmonization” discussion that has had to gradually converge, due to various circumstances and while being discussed heatedly for a long time […]

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The Patent Attorney Profession in Japan. Their Role compared to Attorneys – at – law.

In Japan, the patent attorney profession is not as well known as those of attorneys – at – law and certified accountants. It is important to understand the differences between Attorneys-at-law and Patent Attorneys in Japan. For SMEs, the business can be at stake. The Basic Situation and Difference The basic occupation of patent attorneys […]

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日本の実用新案制度の紹介(3)

前回、日本の実用新案制度の、特に、中小企業への有用性について紹介した。

自社のマーケットが守れるか」について紹介する

日本の実用新案制度は、新規性、進歩性に関する事前審査を行わず登録する無審査制度を1993年から採用している。それ以前は、特許制度と同様に審査制度であったが、登録まで時間がかかる、という批判が産業界からあったため、無審査制度に改正となった。

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Introduction of the Japanese Utility Model System (3)

In Parts 1 and 2 I introduced the usefulness of Japan’s utility model system, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). I believe that there is broad misunderstanding and underestimation of the value of the Japanese Utility Model. In this Part 3, I will explain and answer the question: “why can a company’s market can […]

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日本の実用新案制度の紹介(第2回)

前回の投稿で日本において「実用新案制度を利用することの有用性」に触れた。さらに、実用新案制度の有用性について述べる。日本において中小企業が「技術的アイデア」を保護しようとした場合には、実用新案制度は強い味方である。

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特許ハーモナイゼーションの歴史 (3) Patent Cooperation Treaty(PCT)「特許協力条約 (2)「PCT国際調査制度」(2)

PCTには「国際調査制度」がある(PCT15条)。国際調査に関しては、WIPOのPCT関連会合でも様々な問題が提起され、かつ、個人的にもかつて大きな問題に直面したことがある。

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Introduction of the Japanese Utility Model System (2)

In a previous article, I touched on “the usefulness of the Japanese Utility Model System” in Japan. The utility model system is a strong ally when Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) try to protect “technical ideas” in Japan. Thus the usefulness of the utility model system will be more fully described below. The essential characteristic […]

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History of Patent Harmonization (3) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (2) PCT International Survey System (2)

The PCT has an “International Search System” (PCT Article 15). Regarding international search, various issues have been raised at WIPO’s PCT-related meetings, and I have faced some of these issues in our practice. Using the International Patent Search System requires skill and knowhow. The “International Search System” was, in short, an attempt to conduct a […]

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PCT国際調査制度」・1 Patent Cooperation Treaty(PCT)「特許協力条約」・2) 特許ハーモナイゼーションの歴史・3

PCTには「国際調査制度」がある(PCT15条)。国際調査に関しては、WIPOのPCT関連会合でも様々な問題が提起され、かつ、個人的にもかつて大きな問題に直面したことこがある。これらの問題を検討する前に、まず「特許の審査一般における調査」について考える必要がある。