Hitachi produces a diverse range of products from home appliances to consumer finance and semiconductors. Last year MIP included the head of the company's IP team, Yasuo
Sakuta, in its list of 50 most influential people in IP for his innovative work helping Hitachi extract revenue from its IP assets. Here he explains more about the company's approach to IP
Yutaka Tozaki of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry explains why he
believes companies should disclose far more information about their intellectual
assets and how his department is encouraging them to do so
Lawyers familiar with US rules on patent invalidation may find some familiar parallels,
and some key differences, in the Japanese system. Yoshinari Kishimoto of Sughrue
Mion provides a comparative guide
Japan has made a series of reforms to its patent litigation system designed to make it
far more attractive to litigants. Yoshikazu Iwase of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune sets out
seven reasons why foreign companies should launch their infringement suits in Japan
and outlines the key changes that have made patent litigation an attractive option
In early 2005 the IP Division of the Tokyo High Court issued an opinion that helped
settle a long-running employee invention dispute between Shuji Nakamura and Nichia.
It also offered crucial pointers for companies deciding how to compensate their
engineers. Yutaka Miyoshi of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto explains what the court's
interpretation means for business
E-commerce is booming in Japan, and it is inevitable that disputes over search-related
advertising, meta-tags and sponsored links will arise. Alan N Sutin of Greenberg
Traurig, LLP examines the lessons that can be learnt from recent cases in the US
November / December 2019
IP law: are the pressures taking their toll?
Following World Mental Health Day, Max Walters seeks the views of in-house professionals on whether they struggle with workplace pressures, and asks how to improve wellbeing
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