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Dear SME: Intellectual Property Brings Benefit to You

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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 […]

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Japan launches reform of intangible asset-backed lending

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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. In Japan, it has been pointed out that bank loans, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), focus on real estate collateral, such […]

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How Twitter responds to Japan’s Supreme Court decision?

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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 […]

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Japan to ensure a chance of correction for licensed patents

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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 […]

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Coronavirus contributes to Japan’s digitalization

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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 […]

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WAGYU genetic resources to be protected as intellectual property

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Wagyu beef

Wagyu is the Japanese breeds of beef cattle that has been improved over the years by Japanese breeders. Now Japan is considering strengthening the protection of genetic resources, i.e. sperm and fertilized eggs, from livestock such as Wagyu. In fact, Wagyu genetic resources had been exported for commercial use until around 1998, but no exports […]