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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.

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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 […]