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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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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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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 […]

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Japan to address the IP issue between large enterprises and SMEs

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The previous article on possible revision of IP litigation system covered different positions taken by large companies and SMEs; – i.e SMEs asking for improvement of the status of patent holders and large companies wanting the maintenance of  the status quo. Now another confrontation between them has been obtaining attention. According to the document distributed […]

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Creators contribute to IP business matching

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[responsivevoice_button] A Japanese local government Kawasaki-city, which plays an active role in patent licensing between large companies and SMEs as presented here, has set out on a new endeavor. Kawasaki-city invites creators to an IP business matching event to ask them to propose applications of patented technologies of participant large companies. For this, Kawasaki-city works […]

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Japanese local banks to increase chances to give a loan using IP information

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[responsivevoice_button] Recently, alternative lending has been attracting attention in Japan. Alternative lending is a business loan option that falls outside of a traditional bank loan. For example, a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten gives a loan to its online shopping site owners using daily accounting data, and an accounting software company Yayoi also […]

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Local government provides strong support for patent licensing between large companies and SMEs

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[responsivevoice_button] After having posted the article regarding the intellectual property business matching model, we received inquiries on the model. So, we would like to explain it in a little more detail here, based on the material we received from a local government. It’s called “Kawasaki model” in Japan, because Kawasaki-City started a project under this […]