How to protect confidential information?
Trade secret

What will you do when you want to protect confidential information? You would probably sign a nondisclosure agreement with the party to whom you are disclosing that confidential information. However, I would like you not to be satisfied with signingthe agreement. I would like you to pay attention to the operation to reduce the risk […]

Another declaration driven by the Japanese government during coronavirus pandemic
Partnership

In the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have been waiting eagerly for development of therapeutic drugs and vaccines. However, some people are afraid that patents become an obstacle to development of such therapeutic methods. So, there is a movement to pledge or declare not to enforce  patents and other intellectual property rights for solutions for coronavirus; […]

Japanese large companies stealing IP of SMEs
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 […]

Baidu document-sharing site discloses corporate confidential documents

It is reported that Japanese companies’ internal documents marked “CONFIDENTIAL” are posted on Baidu document-sharing site. 186 companies’ confidential documents which includes a product diagram have been reportedly posted on this site between June 2017 and February 2018. Japanese companies today carefully review and select their technologies to be filed patent applications, considering cost and […]