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Japan IP Focus 2005

  • Nurturing IP, from upturn to downturn

    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

  • METI promotes intellectual assets reporting

    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

  • How to challenge patent validity

    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

  • Seven good reasons to sue in Japan

    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

  • Getting your invention reward system right

    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

  • Lessons from the US on internet advertising

    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


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