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By Taro Yaguchi
Over the past several months, a debate over a website hosting free (pirated) manga (Japanese comic) content, Mangamura("Manga Village") and similar sites.
By Taro Yaguchi
Japan's Intellectual Property High Court's seventh chief judge, Makiko Takabe, was installed on May 5, 2018.
By Taro Yaguchi
Japan's Intellectual Property High Court's seventh chief judge, Makiko Takabe, was installed on May 5, 2018. Her inaugural greeting is now available on the IP High Court's website.
By Taro Yaguchi
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, ranked in the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world in sales, is seeking to grow its technological base with a merger by a $64 billion purchase of Ireland's Shire.
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
We are asked from time to time if a power of attorney (POA) is truly necessary when filing a case before the Japan Patent Office (JPO).
By Taro Yaguchi
Comparatively speaking, the requirements for the design of an icon are quite strict with the JPO.
By Taro Yaguchi
The JPO published its JPO Status Report 2018 recently, including reports on the JPO's activities in promoting IP domestically and globally. Its "Facts and Events 2017" section highlights some of the standards in examination.
By Taro Yaguchi
The JPO is extending its Patent Prosecution Highway programs for accelerated examinations of patent applications allowed in the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) ...
By Taro Yaguchi
JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), as noted in "JASRAC Sues Establishments for Copyright Infringement" last year, began waging litigation...
By Taro Yaguchi
The Japan Platform for Patent Information (JPlat-Pat), the online search engine for Japanese and related intellectual property applications, is now refined to be able to perform more detailed...
By Taro Yaguchi
As we say in Japan, "Even monkeys fall from trees." Even expert inventors, applicants, writers, and agents can make errors in their patent documents.
By Taro Yaguchi
Japan is known for not only technological prowess but also aging and declining populations, and concerns for its economic future as China, South Korea, and other Asian states grow economically.
By Taro Yaguchi
Recently Keisen Associates ran a popular article on how the Japan Patent Office (JPO) is concerned over complicated arbitration concerning the Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)
By Taro Yaguchi
In Japan, an applicant may file a divisional patent application (in accordance with Patent Act Art. 44). This is possible from the filing of the application until prescribed deadlines.