Injunction against copyright infringement, etc.

[Key issue] “Defense of quotation” and “fair practices” (Article 32, paragraph (1) of the Copyright Act)

A case in which, concerning file footage for the press over which a news agency has copyright, the court held that the act of quoting and using the same in a documentary film without indicating the source is not lawful quotation.

Source IPHC

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

Chinese companies have surged ahead of their U.S. counterparts on a
Nikkei ranking of the top 50 patent filers for artificial intelligence
over the past three years, expanding their presence in the world’s most
prominent high-tech battleground.

Source Nikkei Asian Review

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry uploaded an article on its homepage stating that “JPO announces that the Cabinet has approved the Bill for the Act of Partial Revision of the Patent Act. On March 1, 2019, the bill will be submitted to the ongoing 198th ordinary session of the Diet.” According to the article, the Partial Revision of the Patent Act includes “Creation of a new system under which neutral technological experts conduct on-site inspections of suspected infringers” and “Review of the method of calculating compensations for damages”.

Source METI

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