Nobel laureate demands higher cancer drug royalties than in their contract which was made in 2006.

Source Nikkei Asian Review

The Japanese government is conferring with business leaders and lawyers to establish an international division within the Intellectual Property High Court where cases could be heard in English.

Source Nikkei Asian Review

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