Japan and many other developed countries are facing a falling birthrate and an ageing population. In societies where the birth rate is low and the average age is increasing, technologies related to medicine, care, foods and pharmaceuticals are becoming more and more valuable. Our Food and Medical Business Support Station is a team of experts in IP in these technological fields. We are here to assist those who are working tirelessly to make ageing societies rich and bountiful.
The Support Station deals specifically with the following areas of expertise:
- (1) Medicine and care (wearable devices, IoT, caring robots etc.)
- (2) Foodstuffs (functional foods etc.)
- (3) Pharmaceuticals
In the fields of medicine and care, it is vital to use a wide cross-sectional range of fundamental technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) and mechanical engineering etc.
In the field of foodstuffs, there have been revisions to the patent examination standards regarding the use of foods, and competition to acquire rights in this field is becoming fierce. In particular, for functional foods, the use of IP to expand the market by more effectively utilizing systems of displaying function cannot be overlooked.
In the field of pharmaceuticals, individual products can be like blockbusters, each commanding a very high value; moreover, a single product can be protected with just a small number of patents, meaning that it is essential to prudently formulate a patent application strategy.
Also, in these fields it is important have a brand strategy in order to build consumer trust. In the case of foodstuffs, a design strategy is needed to protect the form and packaging of the product with design rights.
In this way, the fields of medicine, care, food and pharmaceuticals require complex high-level intellectual property strategies. Our Food and Medical Business Support Station offers a high level of expertise and rich experience both nationally and internationally in order to cater to the needs of our clients. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding intellectual property activities for medicine or food either in Japan or abroad, please feel free to inquire with us.
Notable Features of the Food and Medical Business Support Station
- The support station staff is made up of skilled individuals with abundant experience in the basic technological fields required for medicine, food and so on, including chemistry, biotechnology, IT including IoT, and mechanical engineering including robotics.
- The support station can handle all kinds of intellectual property law, including not only patent law but also design law, trademark law, unfair competition law and plant variety registration law, etc.
- The support station can also handle foreign cases in their entirety.
- The support station can provide lecturers for seminars or company study meetings, etc.
Information on IP in the fields of food and medicine
・Patent examination handbook page
The appendix contains many useful examples.
The following examples are related to the "examination guidelines related to inventions for the use of foodstuffs" that have applied from April 1, 2016:
・Appendix A"1. Examples regarding written requirements (Patent Law Article 36)" - Example 45
・Appendix A"4. Examples regarding novelty (Patent Law Article 29(1))" - Examples 30-34
・Appendix A"5. Examples regarding inventive step (Patent Law Article 29(2))" - Examples 21-25
The reference material"Regarding Examples Related to IoT Technologies" mentioned at the end of the above page introduces examples related to the fields of medicine and care.
・Examples 29, 37 and 38