JPO announced that “Japan Platform for Patent Information (J-PlatPat) “, Japanese Patent Database system, would be improved and a new version would be released on May 2019.

In the new version, the quality of the translation will be improved by incorporating machine learning technique, the range of data will be increased (e.g., documents filed during the examination stage of designs and trademarks and documents filed during the appeal stage will be covered), and the timelag to update will be reduced.
We believe such improvements will be also useful for overseas people who engage in intellectual property.

Source JPO website (Japanese)

Tokyo University got the most amount of revenue of Intellectual Property among 66 national universities in Japan in 2016. It got about 810 million yen (about 7.3 million dollars). This was still far less than Universities in US.

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

[Title of the case] Injunction against the unfair use and disclosure of information about trade secrets
[Key issue](i)
The governing law for seeking an injunction.

(ii) The criterion for “gross negligence” of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.

Court stated that if information owned by a Japanese corporation was used or disclosed in Japan, the governing law was the law of Japan.

Court stated that the acquisition of the document in the ordinary course of business corresponds to a fact that denies the existence of the duty of care.

Source IPHC website

“The Tokyo District Court rejected plaintiffs’ demands over a huge leak of personal information from education company Benesse Corp., ruling that names, birth dates and addresses are just not “private enough” to warrant compensation.”

Source "Court: Data in Benesse leak not private enough for redress" (June 21, 2018 ) of The Asahi Shimbun Digital

[Title of the invention] Press-in construction method using augers and steel sheet piles
[Key issue] “Distributed publications” of Article 29 (1) of Patent Law

Court stated that “Distributed publications” meant documents, drawings, and other similar information communication media, which were reproduced for the purpose of disclosing an invention through distribution to the public and were distributed to a large number of unspecified or specified people.

Source IPHC website

In Japan, the United States and Europe, the number of trademark applications from China has rapidly increased to nearly seven-hold in three years since 2017.

Source Nikkei website (Japanese)

[Title of the invention] Novel crystalline form of pitavastatin calcium
[Key issue] Requirements for filing a divisional application.
Court found that the invention of the patent application did not fall within the scope of the matters described in the original specification, etc., of the original patent application and thus the patent application was not deemed as the one filed at the time of filing the original patent application.

Source IPHC website