Revised Examination Guidelines for Design is available from the JPO’s website.

Source JPO

Guidebook for Overseas Users on Japanese Design System, “Your Key to Success: for Obtaining a Design Right in Japan”, is available from the JPO’s website.

Source JPO

An Updated IP High Court Guidebook is available from the website.

Source IPHC

The IP High Court published an English summary of a recent Grand Panel Case 2022(Ne)10046.

Source IPHC

An English Guidebook of the IP High Court is available from the website.

Source IPHC

The IPHC calls third-party opinions for a case of seeking an injunction, etc. based on patent infringement.  The due date for submitting the opinions is November 30, 2022.

Source IPHC

The government made a final plan on March 10 for the revision of the Civil Procedure Code, including full online procedures for civil trials.
Under this revision, all documents for civil trials will have to be submitted online.
The government aims to achieve this revision in 2022.

Source Nikkei (Japanese)

Guidebook of the IP High Court is now available.
The guidebook contains interesting topics such as “System of IP-related Litigation”, “Management of Proceedings for Patent-related Cases” and “Statistics”.

Source IPHC

JPO produced an English brochure explaining the most recent revision of the Design Act.

Source JPO

In order to improve utilization of “data”, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry revised the Unfair Competition Prevention Act in May 2018.  This revision provides remedies for misappropriation of “Protected Data” (effective date: July 1, 2019) and expands scope of protection related to Technological Restriction Measures, such as encryption (effective date: November 29, 2018).


Daikin Industries, Ltd. pledged non-assertion of HFC-32 patents, which have been filed after 2011.
Daikin looks to further facilitate the adoption of equipment using HFC-32 refrigerant.

Source Daikin

The Fair Trade Commission has ordered baby goods maker Aprica Children’s Products G.K. to stop urging retailers to not sell its products below its proposed prices.

Source The Japan Times

The JPO published a report of the current status of AI related applications in Japan and overseas.
According to the report, the number of applications related to AI technique has rapidly increased since 2014.
The number of applications in the US and China is outstanding.

Source JPO

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. entered into a cross-licensing agreement on LED technique with Citizen electronics Co., Ltd.

Source TOYOTA GOSEI (Japanese)

Five groups including JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors) submitted three resolutions which were adopted at the CISAC General Agency to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. One of the resolutions is about private copy remuneration in Japan which urges the government of Japan “to expeditiously establish a new, functional, updated, modern and equitable private copying remuneration system”.