2019/07/08

In order to improve utilization of “data”, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry revised the Unfair Competition Prevention Act in May 2018.  This revision provides remedies for misappropriation of “Protected Data” (effective date: July 1, 2019) and expands scope of protection related to Technological Restriction Measures, such as encryption (effective date: November 29, 2018).

Source METI website METI website
2019/07/03

Daikin Industries, Ltd. pledged non-assertion of HFC-32 patents, which have been filed after 2011.
Daikin looks to further facilitate the adoption of equipment using HFC-32 refrigerant.

Source Daikin website
2019/07/03

The Fair Trade Commission has ordered baby goods maker Aprica Children’s Products G.K. to stop urging retailers to not sell its products below its proposed prices.

Source The Japan Times
2019/07/02

[Title of the patent] “Carbon dioxide-containing viscous composition”

[Key issue] Criteria for deciding the amount of damage compensation (Article 102, paragraphs (2) and (3) of the Patent Act)

This is the original judgement of a recent IPHC Ground Panel case of which judgment was delivered on June 7, 2019.

Source IPHC website
2019/07/02

The JPO published a report of the current status of AI related applications in Japan and overseas.
According to the report, the number of applications related to AI technique has rapidly increased since 2014.
The number of applications in the US and China is outstanding.

Source JPO website
2019/06/28

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. entered into a cross-licensing agreement on LED technique with Citizen electronics Co., Ltd.

Source Japan Rubber Weekly (Japanese)
2019/06/27

Five groups including JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors) submitted three resolutions which were adopted at the CISAC General Agency to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. One of the resolutions is about private copy remuneration in Japan which urges the government of Japan “to expeditiously establish a new, functional, updated, modern and equitable private copying remuneration system”.

Source JASRAC

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