Nikkei, a Japanese economic news company, reported a list of top 50 companies for the number of patent applications published from 2016 to 2018 in the field of artificial intelligent (AI). Country by country, China is the top of the list. Nineteen Chinese companies were ranked in the list and surpassed the US companies (twelve companies in the list).

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

The JPO will submit the bill that includes a new rule to strongly protect IP rights to the ordinary session of the Diet.

As to evidence collection, site inspection by neutral experts will be admitted under certain requirements.  It allows a plaintiff to prove the infringement more easily.

As to calculating the amount of damages, a plaintiff can target all amounts of the products which a defendant sold regardless of the plaintiff’s production ability.

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

In a provisional disposition to seek a deletion of illustrations posted on an information site without copyright-holder’s permission, the Tokyo District Court ordered Cloudflare, Inc., which had copied the information site and relayed the delivery of the copied information site, to delete the illustrations and disclose the information of the site administrator on January 28th. Cloudflare, Inc. is a leading US IT related company providing CDN services which are used by some pirate sites.

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

A Japanese court handed down stiff penalties against three operators of a so-called leech site that facilitated piracy of copyrighted content.

Source Nikkei Asian Review

The copyright term in Japan will be extended from 50 years to 70 years (effective on December 30).

Source The Japan Times

Toray Industries, Inc., who possesses a patent covering an antipruritic agent “Nalfurafine”, sued generic companies, Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Fuso Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., for patent infringement to the Tokyo District Court on December 13 to seek an injunction against the production, etc. of their products.

Because the patent relates to second medical use of known compounds and the term of the patent has been extended, one of the issues of this case is the scope of an extended patent right of a second medicinal use invention, on which issue no court decision has been made yet.

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

Nintendo posted “Nintendo Game Content Guidelines for Online Video & Image Sharing Platforms” on its official website on November 29.

In the official website, it is announced “As long as you follow some basic rules, we will not object to your use of gameplay footage and/or screenshots captured from games for which Nintendo owns the copyright (“Nintendo Game Content”) in the content you create for appropriate video and image sharing sites. To help guide you, we prepared the following guidelines:” (Nintendo website).

Source Engadget Japanese Edition