UNIQLO’s patent dispute case shows that it is still not easy for SME to monetize a patent
UNIQLO checkout machine

On May 20 2021, it was reported that FAST RETAILING CO., LTD., which operates UNIQLO, lost a patent case against an IT company Asterisk Inc. Asterisk owns a patent (JP6469758) for technology of reading data from RFID tags attached to the products, which is used in self-checkout machines. Then, they required Fast Retailing to pay license fees for […]

Partners with The PCT Network to introduce the IP foreign filing network
The PCT Network

We are delighted to announce the partnership with The PCT Network to introduce to Japanese IP firms the foreign filing network of patent and trademark. The PCT Network is the largest foreign network of IP professionals in the world for foreign filing, and connects international associates in order to provide the best IP filing services […]

Dear SME: Intellectual Property Brings Benefit to You
Intellectual Property Brings Benefit to SMEs

Are you thinking you can’t afford to hold intellectual properties (IP) because of the limited budget? I know some companies want to focus on generating revenues before acquiring IP such as patents and trademarks. However, I would like to show you some study findings here today.  Study in Europe The European Patent Office (EPO) and […]

Japan launches reform of intangible asset-backed lending
intangible asset-backed lending

It was reported that the Japanese government has begun to consider a system that would allow companies to pledge intangible assets such as technologies and customer base as collateral in one fell swoop. Nikkei: 中小の無形資産を一括で担保に 金融庁、融資改革で支援 In Japan, it has been pointed out that bank loans, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), focus on real estate […]

How Twitter responds to Japan’s Supreme Court decision?
Supreme Court Decision

For companies that provide universal services via the Internet, responding to laws and regulations that differ from country to country may be a problem. Twitter’s headquarters may be now considering how to respond to the decision of Japan’s Supreme Court.  Previously on this blog, we reported a copyright infringement case in which the IP High […]

Another declaration driven by the Japanese government during coronavirus pandemic
Partnership

In the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have been waiting eagerly for development of therapeutic drugs and vaccines. However, some people are afraid that patents become an obstacle to development of such therapeutic methods. So, there is a movement to pledge or declare not to enforce  patents and other intellectual property rights for solutions for coronavirus; […]

Japan to ensure a chance of correction for licensed patents
Correction of Patent

The Japanese government has begun consideration of amendment of the patent correction system. The patent correction system allows patent owners to correct patent claims, specification or drawings within certain limits, as a defense against the assertion of invalidity.  Under the current law, where there is a licensee, the patent owner cannot make corrections without the […]

Coronavirus contributes to Japan’s digitalization
COVID-19 Outbreak

Japan has entered the Golden Week holiday. It is usually the time for many people to enjoy vacations in the country or overseas. However, because of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year, the government is requesting us to stay at home. Many people feel stressed about by the inability to freely spend precious […]

US IRS’s request may motivate Japanese government to increase value of Japanese patents
Tax payment

Reportedly, US authorities are pressing Japanese companies to pay taxes on profit from intellectual properties such as data and brand value gained in America.  US pushes Japan Inc. to pay taxes on IP profit from America When the idea of such market approach is advanced, patent may also likely become part of the discussion before […]

Can eCommerce platform provider require shops to offer free shipping?
Free shipping

Japanese eCommerce platform provider Rakuten announced in the summer of 2019 that free shipping will be offered for purchases over 3,980 JPY (about 36 USD). Rakuten is expecting to achieve this by asking the shops on their platform to bear the shipping costs.  Rakuten is explaining the intense competition with Amazon and others, and asking for […]