2018/06/15

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)
2018/06/13

[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
2018/06/11

The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) warned “game bars” not to infringe the copyright (the screen-presentation right) of game software.
In the “game bars”, which serve food and drink, customers can play home-use game software on big-screen TV.
Some “game bars” will be closed in response to the warning.

Source Yomiuri-Shimbun website(Japanese)
2018/06/07

JPO announced “GUIDE TO LICENSING NEGOTIATIONS INVOLVING STANDARD ESSENTIAL PATENTS”. 

The GUIDE aims to enhance the expectancy of the negotiation involving standard essential patents and reduce the conflict between patent holder and potential licensee.

Following is the English version of the GUIDE.

http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2018/06/20180605003/20180605003-2.pdf

Source Website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
2018/05/31

Following the enactment of the Act on Partial Amendments to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc., grace periods for inventions, utility models and designs will be extended from six months to one year.
The new grace periods will apply to applications filed after June 9, 2018.
Please note that the new grace periods will not apply to inventions, utility models and designs that were disclosed to the public before December 9, 2017.

Source JPO website (Japanese)
2018/05/28

In order to make it easier for venture company to acquire patent in a short period of time, the JPO will ease the requirement for Super accelerated examination in this fiscal year.

Source Yomiuri-Shimbun website (Japanese)
2018/05/21
Yesterday, the 1st stage test for the patent attorney examination was carried out.
The number of candidates was about 4000, and half of them were company employees.
It seems that the number of in-house patent attorneys is increasing (KSI).
Source JPO website (Japanese)

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