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日本における特許侵害論での均等論について
-米国・欧州・中国との対比―

日本で均等論侵害は未だに権利者にとっては米国ほど身近な存在ではない. 均等論」は、古くは英国の判例法において法理論が形成され、その後、米国裁判所において様々な重要判決が出され、進化した法理論である、日本においては、長く否定されてきたが、2016年の最高裁判決により認められた侵害理論である。

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クリスチャン・ルブタン「レッドソールハイヒール」事件経過報告

ルブタン側の、特許庁の審査での拒絶査定を不服とする審判請求を却下する審決が出た。この審決により、ルブタン側の「レッドソールハイヒール」商標登録の試みは、日本特許庁段階では最終的に容認されなかったことになる

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The Doctrine of Equivalents in Patent Infringement Discussions in Japan & Comparisons with the United States, Europe and China

n patent infringement cases, the “infringement discussion” (whether or not the alleged infringing product actually infringes the patent right) is the first hurdle in the courts in any country.

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Christian Louboutin Trademark “Red Sole High Heels” Case Progress Report

The JPO has issued its decision dismissing the appeal against the decision of refusal in the examination of the Christian Louboutin “Red Sole High Heels trademark” case. 

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July 2, 2022. JPO 2022-2026: Action Plan for Utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology.

The JPO’s “Action Plan for Utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology” to improve the efficiency and quality of the JPO administrative work. This is an update from the 2017 six-year plan: in fact, the JPO has promoted the project while revising the Action Plan annually.

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June 9, 2022: Japan, Europe, Korea, China, and the U.S. (the IP5) Collaborate on IP to achieve SDGs.

The purpose of the 15th of the IP5, was to consider “the contribution of IP systems toward helping to solve global challenges, focusing on Goals 7, 9, and 17 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” In fact, on June 9 2022 the JPO led SDG IP collaboration among global powers

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Japanese Perspective on Patent Examination Practices in China and Korea. It’s Important to Understand Countries’ Domestic Orientation.

As a Japanese patent attorney, I’ve handled, and I’m aware that there are a large number of applications to Asian countries, especially China and South Korea.

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Ensuring Intellectual Property Support for SMEs in Japan & Globally – the Differences Between SME and Corporate IP Treatment.

It seems that the landscape of IP protection in large companies, compared to that of SMEs, is completely different – this is not the case only in Japan, but globally. It is vital to understand the differences between SME and Corporate IP Treatment by the PTOs and in business.

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Understanding the JPO Japanese Appeal System and the Differences From Other Countries – the Four Appeal Stages

Unlike in other countries, in Japan JPO appeals are more advantageous than examinations. In general, there is a higher possibility of successful acquisition of rights at the appeal stage than at the examination stage

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March 17 2022 JPO Trilateral IP & Environmental Symposium – Contribution of the Patent System Towards a Carbon Neutral Society.

Hosted by the JPO, on March 17, 2022. The Trilateral Offices, consisting of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a symposium on IP and Carbon Neutral technologies.

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JPO Standard Essential Patents (SEP) Symposium May 19, 2022 – Latest Global Trends and the Frontier of Discussion 

As stated by the Japan Patent Office (JPO)…“In recent years, Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are more actively debated due to the accumulation of court decisions and the trends in efforts by the government in each country

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JPO 2022 IP STATUS REPORT FOCUSES ON SMEs

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.