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By Taro Yaguchi
Its IP department has commented that until recently it had focused merely on gaining many patents to defend its products against competitors.
By Taro Yaguchi
The Study Group for Industrial Competitiveness and Designs, a project particularly of the JPO's Design Division
By Taro Yaguchi
In the past Keisen Associates reported on the war being waged against JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) by music schools (for example, here and here).
By Taro Yaguchi
In another article, we discussed how to fix various substantive errors in the description of a PCT application when entering the Japanese national phase
By Taro Yaguchi
We have been asked what to do about recording a new applicant for a patent application that started in the PCT international phase but will be entering Japan.
By Taro Yaguchi
The Japan Diet's Upper House passed laws regarding the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) revision on June 29, paving the way for the TPP-11 to affect trade and IP around the Pacific Rim.
By Taro Yaguchi
A while back, the "Ikinari! Steak" steak service patent was revoked. Now a patent that the JPO refused to invalidate in a challenge has gone up to the Supreme Court.
By Taro Yaguchi
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has now published its initial edition of the Guide to Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents (issue date: June 5, 2018).
By Taro Yaguchi
The Japanese Trademark Act has been revised as of May 30. The changes force all divisional trademark registration applications filed from June 9, 2018 to stem ...
By Taro Yaguchi
Kikkoman Corporation, a major producer of soy sauce in Japan, succeeded with its trademark application for its well-known sauce dispensing bottle.
By Taro Yaguchi
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced on June 6 that it has begun to make available its multi-category classifications for patent inventions directed toward Internet of Things (IoT) technology in various sectors.
By Taro Yaguchi
There has been some guessing among patent commentators that the JPO will make it easier for small venture businesses to put their patent applications on the "Super Accelerated Examination" track, making First Action...
By Taro Yaguchi
There has been some guessing among patent commentators that the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will make it easier for small venture businesses to put their patent applications on the "Super Accelerated Examination" ...
By Taro Yaguchi
Applicants may want to file an Amendment to a Japanese patent application for a variety of reasons. However, it is important to be aware of the deadline when an amendment has to reach the JPO.
By Taro Yaguchi
The Chinese firm had apparently chosen the trademark classification covering towels.