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Japan’s blockchain enabled next-generation financial transactions to start in 2020

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Blockchain enabled next-generation financial transactions - Progmat

Japan’s blockchain enabled next-generation financial transactions are planned to start in 2020. On November 7 2019, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB), the second largest in trust business in Japan, announced the establishment of the Security Token Research Consortium consisting of 21 companies, and the development of next-generation financial transaction services using blockchain technology. […]

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Capcom wins higher damages in patent infringement case against Koei Tecmo Games

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Battle of Game companies

[responsivevoice_button] On September 11 2019, Japan IP High Court decided a patent infringement case between Japanese game companies, Capcom and Koei Tecmo Games. In this case, Capcom alleges Koei Tecmo has infringed on its two patents JP3350773 and JP3295771 in Koei Tecmo’s action games (Dynasty Warriors) and Samurai Warriors and horror game (Fatal Frame). The 773 patent covers a […]

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Use the Patent System to Stop Global Warming

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Global Warming

[responsivevoice_button] Super Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan on October 12. I was safe, but 21 riverbank failures were reported the next day. Japan was just hit by Typhoon Faxai in early September. Typhoon Faxai was said to be the most powerful typhoon on record which had ever landed Kanto region (Tokyo is included there). Some people […]

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Japanese courts slow to adopt information technologies

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Web meeting

[responsivevoice_button] Finally, Japan’s courts are going to use information technologies for proceedings. Despite widespread use of IT in daily life, we have been required to conduct paper-based procedures and go to court for a brief preparatory proceeding. It would be welcome to improve this situation, but it’s too slow. The reported rough schedule is as […]

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Tokyo and Osaka district courts to start Intellectual Property mediation service

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Mediation

[responsivevoice_button] Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka district courts will start an intellectual property mediation service in October 2019. The Tokyo district court published the operational guidelines for the new service on August 1.  The purpose of this service is to solve an IP dispute quickly through a discussion between both parties, by advice or opinion from a […]

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Recent IP activities of Japanese companies

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JPO Annual Report

[responsivevoice_button] Japan Patent Office (JPO) published an annual report on July 12 2019. According to the report, 313,567 patent applications were filed in Japan in 2018. And, 253,000 patent applications among them were filed by domestic applicants. It slightly decreased than last year. As you may know, Japanese companies have been reducing investment in Japanese patents. […]

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JPO’s SEP advisory opinion service updated

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Negotiation on SEP

[responsivevoice_button] JPO’s SEP advisory opinion service has been updated for cases received on or after July 1 2019. This service started from April 2018, to provide a JPO’s non-binding opinion on whether a particular patent is a standard essential patent (SEP). We covered this service in the previous article here. The changes in the user’s guide include […]

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Japanese large companies stealing IP of SMEs

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IP theft

Japanese large companies have been stealing SMEs’ intellectual property. This issue was brought up in a working group discussing the improvement of business conditions for SMEs or subcontracting companies, as reported in our previous article. Then, Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) conducted surveys on the handling intellectual property in the transactions in manufacturing industry, and […]