Liability for algorithm changes
Algorithm

Algorithms are running everywhere in our lives. When Amazon recommends goods based on my purchase history, it won’t cause much of a problem. However, when it comes to personal credit score or store rating, it can have serious consequences depending on the score. In May of last year, a chain of Korean restaurants filed a […]

How to protect confidential information?
Trade secret

What will you do when you want to protect confidential information? You would probably sign a nondisclosure agreement with the party to whom you are disclosing that confidential information. However, I would like you not to be satisfied with signingthe agreement. I would like you to pay attention to the operation to reduce the risk […]

A business opportunity in active packaging technologies for food and beverage
Partnership

Our client is looking for a business partner in its food packaging antimicrobial sealant film business. They own antimicrobial “non-elution” technology that is protected by patent. They already have partnered with a major Japanese chemical company for the production of masterbatches. They also have partnered with Japan’s largest trading company to provide those masterbatches overseas. […]

A new way to promote the adoption of the technology
Smart Pool

Do you want to promote the adoption of a new technology you developed? If so, we can introduce you to a new way to do so by using your patents. Our partner, IPwe, has started to operate a new patent pool called “Smart Pool”. This is a consortium in which innovation leaders who hold a […]

Predict competitors’ strategies based on public information
Patent Analysis

Vanarama, a British car leasing company, has created a concept design for the Apple Car based on Apple’s car-related patents. I don’t know if Apple will actually build such a car, but it is very interesting. The Apple Car – Vanarama Instead of just saying this is interesting, why don’t you seriously consider this kind […]

Freedom of Action
Freedom of Action

On November 3, Kyndryl was formally spun off from IBM and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The following link will take you to an interview with Martin Schroeter, CEO of Kyndryl. IBM spinoff Kyndryl begins trading: ‘We have now complete freedom of action,’ CEO says In this interview, Martin Schroeter uses the […]

Why would you want to use another company’s trademark in your hashtag?
Hashtag

Hashtags are often used on social networking sites. On the Japanese flea market app “Mercari”, a person was selling his/her own products on his/her own sales site with a hashtag that uses another company’s brand name (trademark) as its keyword. The use of such a hashtag is an infringement of trademark rights, a court ruled […]

Can you sell a joint patent with another company?
Joint patent

When you do joint research and development with another company, you may often share the resulting patent with the other party; e.g. each owns 50% of the patent. What should you do if you want to sell or license such a shared patent in the future? If you want to sell or license your interest […]

Court recommending settlement in the Opdivo patent case
Settlement

In June 2020, Kyoto University Distinguished Professor Tasuku Honjo filed a lawsuit against Ono Pharmaceutical. He demanded payment of approximately 26.2 billion yen over distributions from the Opdivo patents. After that, in September 2021, the court recommended a settlement to both sides with a proposal. Now, the parties are discussing it. For more information on […]

Patents matter under Idea Capitalism
Idea matters

“Idea Capitalism” – This is the title of a book I recently read, authored by a Japanese cultural anthropologist Naoko Okawachi. The author looks back at the history of capitalism from the perspective of changing frontiers. She says, now that capitalism has eaten up most of the traditional frontiers, the new frontier is found in […]