Participation in Patent Information Fair & Conference
Patent Information Fair

Japan’s largest intellectual property event, “Patent Information Fair & Conference” will be held in Tokyo from February 2 to 4. Our Founder, Satoshi Watanabe, will participate in a panel discussion as a panelist. In this panel discussion, we will discuss how digital technology is changing the world of IP. In particular, Watanabe will introduce the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tokyo Olympics – The value of a bottle’s shape design is revealed when the label is peeled off
Tokyo Olympic and Coca Cola

While the coronavirus infection is spreading again, the Tokyo Olympics are begining. For this Olympics, there has been no shortage of topics in the media, including problems and scandals related to its hosting and operation. In this Olympics, most of the competitions will be held in spectator-free venues due to concerns about the risk of […]

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 […]