Japanese Government established “Good Faith Negotiation Guidelines for SEP Licenses”

Disputes involving standard-essential patents (SEPs) have arisen in many countries around the world, and SEP disputes between different industries are expected to increase in the future. Therefore, the Japanese government (METI) has indicated the desirable actions to be taken by patent holders and implementers in SEP license negotiations (*1). Previously (2018), the Japan Patent Office […]

JPO’s SEP advisory opinion service updated
Negotiation on SEP

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 the […]

Japan antitrust case: FTC cancels exclusion order to Qualcomm
Japan FTC decision on Qualcomm

On March 13 2019, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) made a decision to cancel the exclusion order against Qualcomm which had been issued on September 28 2009 and appealed by Qualcomm on November 24 of that year. It took almost a decade! It’s too long, but Qualcomm has finally got an expected result.    The main issue […]

Satoshi Watanabe’s comments on the Japanese government’s efforts for the resolution of SEP-related disputes introduced in IAM magazine & blog

Satoshi Watanabe of WATANABE Research & Consulting posted several articles in Japan Intellectual Property News regarding the Japanese government’s efforts for the resolution of disputes involving standard essential patents (SEP). His comments are introduced in IAM magazine and Blog that is run by Globe Business Media Group, a publisher of a unique magazine focusing on intellectual […]