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November 2017


1. First Registration of Sound Trademarks Composed Solely of Musical Elements
2. FRAND is process
3. Special Exceptions Regarding Potential Registrants of Regional Collective Trademarks due to Application of Regional Future Investment Promotion Law
4. Confusion Surrounds Cryptocurrencies
5. Machine Learning and Copyright

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October 2017


1. University of Tokyo Allows IP to be used for Free in Connection with Tokyo Olympics
2. Philippines: New Requirement to Submit Declaration of Use Within One Year after Trademark Renewal
3. Imports Blocked due to IP Infringement in Over 15,000 Cases
4. Line Drawn Under Court Battle over Who Owns Copyright of "Monkey Selfie"
5. Handling of Applications for Trademarks Formed from Famous Pictures, etc.

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September 2017


1. Guidelines on Use of GI Mark in Advertisements, Internet Sales and Food Industry Menus
2. Expansion of Cooperation with Brazil in Field of Industrial Property
3. Handling of Applications for Trademarks Derived from Family Crests
4. INPIT Kinki General Headquarters Opens
5. Views on IP: Patent Office Tour

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August 2017


1. Regulations of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT Regulations) Revised
2. Patent Administration Annual Report 2017 Published
3. Patent Prosecution Highway Started Between Japan and New Zealand
4. Examination of Trademark Applications that are Later Applications of Procedurally Flawed Applications
5. New "Madrid Monitor" Service

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July 2017


1. 2017 IP Advancement Plan Decided
2. Sudden change to handling of Copyright
3. Data Monopolization and Revisions to the Antimonopoly Law
4. Examples of "Bad Faith Trademark Applications" in Japan, the US,Europe, China and Korea(Extract from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website)
5. India Publishes Guideline on Applications for Recognition of Prominent Trademarks

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June 2017


1. Canadian Enterprise Acquires Rights to World's Most Famous Beagle
2. Application of Foreign IP Lawsuit Fee Insurance System Expanded
3. Photos May be Taken Freely at Exhibition at Mori Art Gallery, Roppongi
4. Revisions to Design Examination Guidelines

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May 2017


1. Patent Office Status Report 2017
2. Expansion of Patent Prosecution Highways – South America
3. Tripolar Patent Office Directors’ Meeting and Tripolar Patent Office Directors’ Meeting with Users
4. Revision to Trademark Examination Guidelines

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April 2017


1. First Decisions to Grant Registrations Issued for Color-only Trademarks
2. Amended Trademark Regulations come into effect in India
3. Large Increase in Patents Granted by European Patent Office in 2016
4. Global Sharing of Patent Information on Internet of Things to Start January 2019

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March 2017


1. Scope of Effectiveness of Extended Duration Patent Rights
2. Damage Compensation Claim against Online Sales of Cracking Software Approved
3. Necessity of Registering New Plant Varieties Overseas
4. Expansion of Cyber Attacks
5. Expansion of Applicability of Accelerated Examinations and Accelerated Appeal Examinations for Trademark Applications

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February 2017


1. Revision to Geographical Indication Law
2. Comparison of Prior User Rights Systems in Japan, China and Korea
3. Trademark Examination Handbook Revised
4. 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators

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January 2017


1. A Foldable Design and Glass Body for the Next iPhone?
2. Shizuoka Prefecture sets up Intellectual Property Research Group
3. Toyota Increases Compensation for Employee Inventions by 20%(Maximum 2.15m Yen)
4. Three-Nation Patent Office Directors’ Meeting Between Japan, China and Korea

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December 2016


1. <IMPORTANT> Support for plant variety registration applications abroad
2. Newly-established Patent Classification for IoT-related Technologies
3. INPIT sets Period for Strengthening Support for Development of Official Regulations on Employee Inventions for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
4. WIPO Publishes Global Innovation Index
5. Fifth Meeting of Five Trademark Offices (TM5)

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November 2016


1. Introducing HARAKENZO’s Industrial Design Homepage
2. WIPO General Assembly 2016
3. PPH Requests to Vietnam Patent Office Halted
4. Free Access to Part of Tokushima University’s Patent Portfolio for Under a Year, from October 2016
5. Joint Declaration regarding Patent Examinations between

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October 2016


1. Wakayama Prefecture Blocks Unauthorized Trademark Registration in China
2. Cambodia Joins the PCT
3. 11 New Countries Added to Google Patent Search Service
4. WIPO Publishes 2016 Global Innovation Index
5. Status of Customs Injunctions in First Half of 2016

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September 2016


1. Patent Examination Information from Various Countries Available Together
2. Strengthening of IP Cooperation Program between Japan and ASEAN
3. Pre-publication Applications become Eligible for Applications for US-Japan Collaborative Searches
4. International Information Bulletin on English Translations of Japanese Judgment Precedents

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August 2016


1. 2016 Annual Patent Administration Report
2. Total Number of Registered Regional Collective Trademarks Reaches 600
3. Controversy over Guidelines on Derivative Works Based on ‘Star Trek’ Series
4. Regional IP Support Projects
5. Thai Utility Models and Trademarks added to FOPISER

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July 2016


1. Establishment of Foreign IP Litigation Cost Insurance System for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
2. Status of Patent Opposition Filings
3. Efforts to Broaden Use of Patent Information
4. Meeting of Directors of the Five Largest Patent Offices (IP5)

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June 2016


1. Relief Measures etc. for Deadlines Expired due to Kumamoto Earthquake
2. The FRANCK MULLER trademark case
3. Employee Inventions Policy Published
4. IP Cooperation System between Japan and Vietnam
5. The European Trade Mark and Design Network and the national IP offices of all EU states publish a Common Communication for their common practice on the graphical representation of designs

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May 2016


1. Move towards Using AI in Patent Examinations
2. National Application Figures for 2015
3. Slogans and Catchphrases to become Eligible for Trademark Registration
4. International Patent Application Figures – First Ever Reduction for No.1 Applicant USA
5. Damage to Japan’s Industrial Sector by Counterfeits at Home and Abroad, and Relevant Countermeasures

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April 2016


1. Abandonment Orders Issued by the Indian Trade Marks Registry
2. Entry into Patent Law Treaty and Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks and accompanying preparation of national legal stipulations
3. Searching English-language Goods and Services Using Japanese Similarity Group Codes
4. 2015 Status of Blocked Goods Infringing IP and Enactment of Bill Partially Revising Customs Tariff Law
5. EUIPO becomes EUIPO

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March 2016


1. Indian Prime Minister Modi Announces Measures Supporting Startup Enterprises
2. Developments Regarding Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Summary)
3. ‘Happy Birthday to You’ Copyright Issue Resolved
4. Microsoft Acquires Patent for Modular Computer

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February 2016


1. Legislation Partially Revising Patent Law, etc. - Enactment Date and Related Ordinances Prepared
2. Changes to Handling of Extensions to Response Period for Notices for Reasons for Refusal
3. JPO Director General’s Start-of-Year Impressions
4. First Regional Collective Trademark Registrations by an Association of Commerce and Industry and a Chamber of Commerce and Industry
5. Most Recent Trends in Business-related Inventions
6. Revision of Official Fees

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January 2016


1. For revision of examination guidelines relating to application for registration of extension of term of patent right - Supreme Court decision on November 17, 2015
2. Japanese Trademark Information Added to “TMview” Trademark Database
3. Published referential example of asserting/proving "impossible or impractical circumstances"
4. TRIPO (Trilateral IP Offices) Website Established in IP Collaboration between Japan, China and Korea

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December 2015


1. Elementary School Student in Aichi Prefecture Acquires Patent for Box Separating Used Aluminum and Steel Cans
2. Status of Patent Oppositions
3. First Decisions to Grant Registration Issued for ‘New Type’ Trademarks
4. JPO Publishes Regional Collective Trademark Registered Following Expansion of System
5. Heads of JPO and KIPO Convene, Agree to Further Strengthen Japanese-Korean IP Cooperation

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November 2015


1. JPO to Expand Jurisdiction over International Searches and International Preliminary Examinations for PCT International Applications
2. Revisions to Trademark Law Regarding TPP and Combating Counterfeit Goods
3. Reduction in Patent Examination Time Planned in Cooperation with Vietnam
4. The JPO Launches Similar Image Search Service

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October 2015


1. Protection for employee’s rights regarding invention patents - guidelines for revised patent law and terms of employer retention
2. JPO Assists Intellectual Property Office of Singapore in Improving Examination Ability
3. Advance Inspection of Symbol for Iseshima Summit Prefectural Residents’ Conference
4. Bill to Streamline Cabinet Affairs Passed

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September 2015


1. Trademark registered for ”防災植物” (“Bōsai Shokubutsu”) - Food Security in Times of Disaster
2. Free “Safeguard” Service Protecting the IP of Japanese Enterprises to Start Next Year
3. JPO Begins Providing WIPO with Information on Japanese Registered Designs
4. Korea Patent Court Establishes New International Court Division

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August 2015


1. Bill Partially Revising Patent Law, etc. Approved, Passed by Diet
2. Strengthening Cooperation with Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
3. Expansion of Patent Prosecution Highway Participants
4. JPO Announces Current Policy Implementation regarding PBP Claims

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July 2015


1. Supreme Court Decision on ‘Product by Process’ Claims
2. 2015 Annual Patent Administration Report
3. Results of JPO Investigations into Trends in Patent Applications in Highly-Scrutinized Technical Fields Published
4. Patent Prosecution Highway Commences Between Japan and Egypt
5. Expansion of Cooperative Links between Japan and China During Patent Trials

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June 2015


1. Japan-US Joint Research Begins Aimed at Improving Examination Efficiency
2. JPO Issues First Publications of Sound Trademarks
3. JPO Formulates IP Support Guide for Small/Medium-sized Enterprises and Business Ventures
4. Supreme Court Rules JASRAC’s Blanket Contract a Violation of Antimonopoly Law

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May 2015


1. International Design Registration System to be Enacted on May 13, 2015
2. Patent Application and Examination Information from JPO, EPO, KIPO and SIPO made collectively available from April 15, 2015
3. JPO Publishes Figures for ‘New Type’ Trademark Cases Received, etc.
4. International Patent Applications in 2014

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April 2015


1. Legislation Partially Revising Patent Law, etc. Effective from April 1,2015
2. JPO Begins Accepting ‘New Type’ Trademark Applications
3. Cabinet Decision on Draft Bill Partially Revising Patent Law, etc. Made March 13, 2015
4. Restoration of Priority Rights under the PCT Regulation
5. New Patent Information Platform ‘J-PlatPat’

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March 2015


1. Announcements about Our Services in Relation to New Patent Opposition System
2. Japan Signs Geneva Act of Hague Agreement
3. Global IP Strategy Forum 2015 Held
4. JPO to Reduce Fees for Trademark Registration
5. Tables Comparing Similarity Group Codes of Japan-Korea and Japan-Taiwan Published

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February 2015


1. 2014 Revisions to Patent Law, etc. to be Enacted on April 1, 2015
2. China Tops World Rankings for Number of Patent Applications in 2013
3. “Funabashi Pears” Registered as Regional Collective Trademark
4. JPO Coordinates with National Police Agency and Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry on Protection of Business Secrets
5. Toyota Provides Free Access to its Patents on Fuel Cells

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January 2015


1. JPO and Cambodia to Strengthen Cooperation in Field of Intellectual Property
2. Courses of Action in Revision of Employee Inventions System
3. JPO Starts Providing Trademark Publications for World’s Largest Trademark Database
4. Partial Revision to Copyright Law to be Effected

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December 2014


1. Chinese and Korean Patent Literature to be Searchable in Japanese
2. Policy of Employee Inventions Belonging to Corporations Strengthened
3. JPO Proposes Revisions Under Principles for Handling Business Secrets
4. Thomson Reuters Selects its Top 100 Innovative Firms
5. Patent System Subcommittee Discusses Revising Patent Fees, etc.

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November 2014


1. Expansion of countries covered by PPH
2. Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs Comes into Effect in Japan
3. Nobel Prize for Physics Awarded to Mr. Shuji Nakamura Known for His Role in Debate Over Compensation for Employee Inventions
4. Easing of Requirements for Consolidated Examinations for Business Strategy Handling

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October 2014


1. Request for Injunction against Import of Illegal B-CAS Cards Approved
2. Regional Collective Trademark “Aomori Black Garlic” Applied for
3. China Establishes IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou
4. Revision to Employee Inventions System Obligates Incentives for Inventors

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September 2014


1. JPO Announces Cooperation Agreement with NICT on Machine Translations of Patent Literature
2. The JPO Strengthens Cooperation with Colombia in the Field of Intellectual Property
3. Thomson Reuters’ Predictions for Breakthroughs in the Next 10 Years
4. Saga Prefecture Cooperative’s ‘有田焼’ (‘Arita-yaki’) Trademarks Approved in China
5. Partial Amendment to Patent Law Enforcement Regulations
6. Registration Subjects for Regional Collective Trademarks Expanded

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August 2014


1. Proposed Revisions to Law in 2015 Regarding Employee Inventions Reverting to Enterprises
2. Overseas Usage Fees for IP, etc. Produce Large Profit
3. Six Companies Including Canon and Google Sign Anti-Patent Troll Lawsuit Accord
4. Japan Leads in Applications for High-Tech Patents – Toyota No.1 in Automatic Driving Vehicles
5. Handling of Change to Postal Address System in Republic of Korea

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July 2014


1. Bill Partially Revising Patent Law, etc. Promulgated, Enactment Dates Set
2. Results of Seventh ‘Big Five’ Patent Office Directors’ Conference
3. IP High Court Approves Extension of Patent Duration based on Further Approval of Pharmaceutical Product in Reversal of JPO Decision
4. Honda’s “Supercub” 3D Trademark Registration Approved

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June 2014


1. JPO and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Agree on Cooperation
2. Society for National Commitment to IP Aims to Stimulate Japanese Economy Using IP
3. JPO Devises Strategies to Combat Japan Lagging Behind as Patent Filing Destination
4. Who Owns Employee Inventions ? – 4th Patent System Subcommittee Meeting Held
5. Revisions to Copyright Law Aimed at Combating E-book Piracy Enacted

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May 2014


1. WIPO Publishes International Patent Application Numbers for 2013
2. JPO Achieves Long-term Goal of Issuing First Action Examination Reports within 11 Months
3. Improvement of Comprehensive IP Support Portal for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
4. JPO Changes Implementation of Interrogations

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Aplil 2014


1. Announcement Regarding Change in Japanese Consumption Tax Rate
2. Cabinet Decides on Bill to Partially Amend Patent Law, etc.
3. JPO Aims to Halve Time Taken to Grant Patent Rights
4. Results of 2013 User Survey on Patent Examination Quality Released
5. Focused Crackdown by National Police Agency on Copyright Infringement Cases

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March 2014


1. Maximum Term of Patent Right for Drugs and Devices for use in Regenerative Medicine to be extended to 25 years
2. Patent, Trademark, Design and Patent Attorney Laws to be Revised Together
3. STAP Cells: RIKEN etc. File International Patent Application
4. JPO Reviews Examination Standards Protecting Graphic Design of Graphical User Interfaces
5. 2014 Compilation of Precedents of Enterprises Utilizing Intellectual Property

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February 2014


1. Approx. Two-thirds Reduction in Patent Fees for Small and Medium-sized Companies, Venture Companies and Small-scale Enterprises
2. IP High Court Refuses Registration of ‘LADY GAGA’ Trademark
3. Cancellation of ‘Arita-yaki’ Trademark in China
4. EPO Publishes Patent Application Figures for 2013

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January 2014


1. Announcing a Change in Our Firm’s Japanese Name and the New Roles of Executive Chairman and Director General
2. 2,350,000 Patent Applications Filed Worldwide in 2012 – a 9.2% Increase Over 2011
3. “TOKYO 2020” in Standard Characters Registered as Trademark on Nov. 1, 2013
4. JPO Publishes Data on Trends in Business-related Inventions
5. Strengthening Cooperation with Korea Patent Office in the Field of IP

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December 2013


1. Announcement of Taking on the Role of Executive Chairman and Handing Over the Position of Director General
2. Re-announcement of a Change in Our Firm’s Japanese Name
3. JPO Reached Agreement on Global Patent Prosecution Highway
4. Meeting of Directions of Japan, China and Korea Patent Offices Held – Shared Website Announced
5. Consortium Including Apple and Microsoft Brings Case Against Google, etc.
6. JPO Announces Information on Olympics-related Trademarks
7. JFTC and JASRAC Bring Final Appeal to Supreme Court in Copyright Usage Fee Lawsuit

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November 2013


1. Re-announcement of a Change in Our Firm’s Japanese Name
2. Court Judges Apple Infringed Patent Held by Individual Japanese Inventor
3. Contract Established Regarding Patents Concerning iPS Cells
4. Thomson Reuters Publishes Top 100 Innovative Companies List
5. Onsen ken Oita (“Onsen Prefecture Oita”) Trademark Approved

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October 2013


1. Announcement of a Change in Our Firm’s Japanese Name
2. Trademark protection becomes available for software start-up sounds, etc.
3. Consideration of Employee Inventions System: Assigning Rights to Enterprises Instead of Employees
4. New Zealand General Assembly Passes Bill Preventing Software Patenting
5. TPP Negotiations to Create IP Protection Rules Run Into Trouble

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September 2013


1. Agency for Cultural Affairs to Establish Digital Publishing Rights
2. Iwate Prefecture Lodges Opposition to Chinese ‘Iwate’ Trademark
3. International Patent Litigation by Korean Enterprises rises to 131% of Previous Year
4. Toyo Tires Files Request for Import Suspension with ITC

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August 2013


1. Revision of Patent Examination Standards
2. Move toward Revision of Employee Inventions System
3. Japan Science and Technology Agency Announces “Support for Increasing the Value of University Patents” as Yearly Topic
4. 2013 World Technological Innovation Rankings

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July 2013


1. Cabinet Decides Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Policy
2. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Human Genes Unpatentable
3. India and Rwanda join the Madrid Protocol
4. PPH Between JPO and Russian Patent Office Expanded
5. Results of User Survey on Quality of Patent Examinations Etc. Reported

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June 2013


1. JPO Publishes Application and Registration Figures for 2012
2. Trial Patent Prosecution Highway with Indonesia to Begin on June 1
3. Movement Towards Reducing Patent Examination Periods
4. Revision of Rules on Employee Inventions Proposed
5. Clear Course of Action in Revisions to Law over Introduction of New Trademarks

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May 2013


1. JPO Begins Integrated Examinations Corresponding to Business Strategy
2. WIPO Publishes International Patent Application Numbers for 2012
3. New TV Conference System for Conducting Interviews
4. Reduced Risk of Litigation over Employees’ Inventions
5. JPO Expands it Jurisdiction Regarding International Searches and International Preliminary Examinations

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April 2013


1. Planned Revisions to Patent Examination Standards
2. Japan Patent Office Publishes ‘Regional Body Trademarks 2012’
3. The EPO Publishes Patent Application Numbers for 2012
4. JASRAC Brings Legal Proceedings Against Illegal Music Uploaders

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March 2013


1. Reduction of Patent Examination Time for Research and Development by Foreign Enterprises in Japan
2. Korean and Japanese Patent Offices Strengthen Cooperation in Examinations and Trials
3. Japan Patent Office Begins Development of Automated Translation System for Chinese Documents
4. Panasonic Speeds Up Sale and Provision of Patents
5. JPO Publishes Point-by-Point Explanation of Industrial Property Law(19th edition)

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February 2013


1. Reduction of Patent Examination Time for Research and Development by Foreign Enterprises in Japan
2. Korean and Japanese Patent Offices Strengthen Cooperation in Examinations and Trials
3. Japan Patent Office Begins Development of Automated Translation System for Chinese Documents
4. Panasonic Speeds Up Sale and Provision of Patents
5. JPO Publishes Point-by-Point Explanation of Industrial Property Law(19th edition)

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January 2013


1. China Overtakes United States with Most Patent Applications
2. Nissin Foods Institutes Lawsuit Over Infringement of ‘Straight Noodle Manufacturing Process’ Patent
3. Mexico Joins the Madrid Protocol
4. Monteroza to File Lawsuit in Australia Over Infringment of ‘Wara Wara’ Trademark

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December 2012


1. EuroClass Services Now Available Via Japanese-Language Page
2. 10th Edition of Trademark Examination Criteria Partially Amended
3. IP High Court Invalidates Nissen's '4-Line' Trademark
4. Wakayama Prefecture Opposition to Chinese Trademark 'Kishu'
5. Cost Reductions and Expansion of Accelerated Examinations based on Law on Promotion of Asian Consolidation

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November 2012


1. Sato Foods Co., Ltd. Loses Rice Cake "Kiri-Mochi" Patent Infringement Lawsuit
2. Unauthorized Sales of Yamagata Prefecture's Rice Variety 'Tsuyahime' Ruled Unlawful
3. Apple Appeals to IP High Court in Japanese Patent Case
4. Japan-China PPH Trial Program Extended, Procedures Eased
5. Public Comments on Draft Ordinance for Partial Revision to Patent Law Enactment Regulations, Etc.

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October 2012


1. METI Discussing New System for Raising Objections to Validity of Patented Technology
2. Japan Moves to Ratify ACTA
3. Kyocera Acquires Patent for Solar Cell Module with 3-Bus Bar Electrode Configuration
4. "Ordnance for Partial Revision of Law Enforcement Regulations Regarding Patent Law and of International Applications etc. Based on PCT" Effective from October 1, 2012
5. Partial Enactment of Revised Copyright Law

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September 2012


1. Hikone City in Favor of Mutual Settlement in 'Hikonyan' Lawsuit
2. With Trademark Case Settled, New Model of iPad Goes on Sale in China
3. Priority Registration of Japanese Prefectural Domain Names Begins
4. Millionth Invention Patent Registered in China
5. Acceptance Period for Public Comments Ends for JPO's "Draft Ordnance for Partial Revision of Law Enforcement Regulations Regarding Patent Law and of International Applications etc. Based on PCT"

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August 2012


1. Policy of Revised Trademark Law: Protecting Scents and Sounds
2. Colombia Joins the Madrid Protocol
3. Revised Copyright Law Bill Approved
4. WIPO Announces "Global Innovation Index 2012"
5. 2012 Annual Report on Patent Administration

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July 2012


1. JPO Expands Types of Cases Able to Use PPH with Korea Patent Office
2. More Organizations Participating in World's First International IP Exchange Market
3. Formulation of IP Promotion Plan 2012
4. Reinforcement of Measures Against Copyright Infringement Through Illegal Use of Content

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June 2012


1. Hiroshima Office Established
2. JPO Publishes Application and Registration Figures for 2011
3. Japanese, Chinese and Korean Culture Ministers Select Program for I.P.Protection
4. Settlement Reached in Word-Processor Patent Invention Compensation Lawsuit
5. Proxy Book Digitization Lawsuit: Proxy Scanning Firm Acknowledges Demands

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May 2012


1. Japan Patent Office Begins Trial of Patent Prosecution Highway with Portuguese Industrial Property Office
2. Web Design Subject to Design Right
3. Revised Trademark Law Enacted
4. Government Plans for IP Protection in International Standards: LEDs and Robotics Technologies
5. 2011 Reforms - Transfer Request System Established

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April 2012


1. 2011 revisions - relief regulations in cases of deadline expiration
2. JPO: Japanese-language Searches of Chinese Utility Models Now Possible
3. First Compulsory License of Generic Drugs Effected in India
4. Intellectual Property Promotion Plan 2012
5. WIPO: 2011 Had Most Patent Applications on Record

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March 2012


1. U.S. Attorney-at-Law Mizuki Sally Hashiguchi Joins Our Firm
2. Start of Patent Prosecution Highway with Philippines Intellectual Property Office
3. Supreme Court refuses registration of 'Kitakata Ramen' as regional organization trademark
4. Supreme Court: Right of Publicity Formalized as Legal Right
5. Revision of Design Registration Fees and Fees Related to International Applications

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February 2012


1. Rapid Advances Made by Asian Enterprises in Acquiring U.S. Patents in 2011
2. Revision to Similar Products/Services Examination Standard for Trademarks
3. Japan Post loses trademark infringement lawsuit regarding "ゆうメール" (Yu-mail)
4. Proxy Book Digitizing - Proxy Firms Scanning Books Sued by Authors
5. End of Examination Payment Deferment System

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January 2012


1. Proposal to add sounds and logo movement to items protected by trademark law
2. Patent Prosecution Highway begins between Japan and Norway, Iceland from December 1, 2011
3. METI cooperates with BRICs regarding intellectual property
4. Comparative study of examination practice at JPO, SIPO and KIPO
5. Case regarding file-sharing software 'Winny' reaches not guilty verdict

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December 2011


1. Partial amendments to Patent Law will come into effect on April 1, 2012
2. WIPO and pharmaceutical companies to collaboratively share drug patents
3. Hitachi expands its patent search service to countries outside Japan
4. Employee invention compensation for label printer set at 56 million JPY
5. Malaysia expresses interest in joining the Madrid Protocol

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November 2011


1. Eight countries sign Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
2. Expansion of cases eligible for Patent Prosecution Highway between the JPO and Danish Patent and Trademark Office and initiation of Patent Prosecution Highway with Nordic Patent Institute
3. The JPO revises examination criteria for "Description requirements for specifications and scope of claims"
4. JPRS decides to found "Prefecture-type JP domain names"
5. Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between Japan and China to commence on November 1, 2011

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October 2011


1. Introduction of New Member,Former JPO Trial Examiner, Toshio Uchida
2. Enactment of U.S. Patent Act Reform Bill
3. State of injunctions against products which infringe intellectual property at the Japan Customs
4. Patent Infringement Lawsuit: Intellectual Property High Court recognizes Satosyokuhin Infringement
5. Japanese and Korean Governments reinforce collaboration in copyright field, conclude MOU
6. Publication of Guideline on Obtaining Eligibility for Exception to Loss of Novelty

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September 2011


1. Commencement of accelerated examination and trial examination as post-disaster reconstruction support
2. Sony and LG Electronics reach settlement over patent infringement lawsuits
3. 1.2 billion cases of illegal download according to RIAJ investigation

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August 2011


1. The commencement of PPH MOTTAINAI trial program
2. The revision of examination request fees
3. Regarding the U.S. Patent Act Reform Bill
4. The JPO collects public comments-applicant's draft manual for eligibility for regulations concerning exception to loss of novelty

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August 2011


1. The commencement of PPH MOTTAINAI trial program
2. The revision of examination request fees
3. Regarding the U.S. Patent Act Reform Bill
4. The JPO collects public comments-applicant's draft manual for eligibility for regulations concerning exception to loss of novelty

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July 2011


1. Regarding the law partially amending the Japanese Patent Act, etc.
2. The JPO to revise design examination criteria
3. Regarding the commencement of Patent Prosecution Highway

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June 2011


1. Patent Prosecution Highway Pre-pilot Program between Japan and China to be initiated
2. Brand Value Ranking: Apple overtakes Google, moves into first place
3. Results of “FY 2010 Field Survey of Intellectual Property Rights Infringement in China” announced
4. Japanese Supreme Court approves patent term extensions for drugs
5. Application and registration figures in Japan for fiscal 2010

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May 2011


1. International trademark applications in 2010 marked a 12% increase
2. Osaka High Court orders injunction against Hikonyan-similar goods
3. Taiwanese Patent Act amendment bill passes examination by the Economics Committee of the Legislative Yean

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April 2011


1. Japan Customs: Track record in import and export injunctions for 2010
2. Concerning the patent disputes between Sony and LG Electronics -- an injunction against import of PlayStation 3 in the Netherlands
3. U.S. Senate passed a bill to review patent examination: from “first-toinvent rule” to “first-to-file rule”
4. "Bill to partially amend the Japanese Patent Act etc." to be submitted to the Diet

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March 2011


1. Number of International Patent Applications by Country for 2010
2. Panasonic the Leader for Two Consecutive Years in Number of International Patent Applications by Company for 2010
3. A Settlement over the iPS Cell Patents Dispute
4. Applications for Publishing Information on Preparedness for Assignment and/or License in the Gazette

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February 2011


1. IBM awarded highest number of US patents in 2010 (over five thousand) for eighteenth year in a row
2. China to conclude a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) arrangement with Japan even this year
3. A first patent auction’s rate of contract formation reaches 40%
4. Regarding the International Comparative Research on Industrial Property Systems Report

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January 2011


1. EPC Rule 141 revised regulation effective; new requirement and exemptions regarding submission of search results
2. “Kiri-mochi" Infringement lawsuit, Echigoseika appeals
3. Chinese Trademark Registration Applications expected to surpass 1 million in 2010
4. Registered Trademark for “Sanuki” Invalidated in Taiwan

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December 2010


1. Japanese authors’ best-sellers available for sale on Apple website without authorization
2. Dutch court issues injunction against Sanrio
3. Apple and Motorola sue each other over mobile phone-related patents
4. Licensing agreement signed over therapeutic use of iPS cells
5. Four Office Statistics Report released by the JPO
6. JPO decision to reject Yakult’s bottle as a 3D trademark overturned by the IP High Court

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November 2010


1. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between Japan, USA, Europe and others nearing finalization
2. Implementation of the Japan-Spain PPH
3. Apple ordered to pay damages in Cover Flow patent infringement case
4. Microsoft sues Motorola, claims that Android cell phone is infringing on its patents

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October 2010


1. Microsoft co-founder takes eleven big names to court for patent infringement
2. Microsoft takes patent infringement case over Word to the US Supreme Court
3. “Sasebo Burger” makers unite to obtain regional brand protection
4. Japanese IP High Court rejects defendant’s appeal in video-sharing website copyright infringement case
5. New layout for JPO patent and trademark certificates

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September 2010


1. Patent filings by China and India increase exponentially
2. NEC, Apple, etc. sued for patent infringement
3. Viacom files an appeal against the ruling of YouTube copyright lawsuit with Google
4. A first intellectual property fund in Japan is established

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August 2010


1. Information on our new Chief of China Support Station
2. China ranks 5th in the world in the number of International Patent Applications filed in 2009
3. Salesforce.com files a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft
4. US Supreme Court decides on software patent issue
5. Approximately half Japan’s companies sustain damage from counterfeits on the Internet

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July 2010


1. Nichi-iko Pharmaceutical announced its cooperation with a major French company
2. Intellectual Property Promotion Plan 2010
3. China did not accept trademark registration of seven Japanese prefecture names
4. Revision of Examination Guidelines for“Amendments of the Specification, Claims, and Drawings (New Matter)
5. Enforcement date of a law revising a part of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law

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June 2010


1. Nokia sues Apple, alleging that the iPad and iPhone infringe its patents
2. US company obtains a license for iPS Cells
3. US expresses concern about China in Annual Report
4. Map of Registered Designs

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May 2010


1. China Compulsory Certification for IT Products, Japan and China agreed with exclusion of Chinese state enterprises from application
2. Taiwanese manufacturer files suit against Apple for violation of multi touch patent
3. Fujitsu Laboratories developed high accuracy translation technologies of English patent documents
4. JPO to act as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for PCT applications filed in Thailand
5. JPO releases comparative reports on country-by-country IP policies
6. JPO releases a report on the latest trends in trademark applications for fiscal year 2009 - report on trademark applications, focusing in particular on the filing and management strategies adopted by companies for trademark and their relation with unused trademarks (summary)-

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April 2010


1. The JPO’s proposal “iPAC” was agreed at the APEC-IPEG Meeting.
2. Registered Trademark “Chaku-Melo” Sold for JPY 25.5 Million.
3. The U.S. Court of Appeal Has Again Denied Microsoft’s Appeal against the Word Patent Infringement Ruling.
4. JPO publishes 18th edition of the clause by clause explanation of Industrial Property Law.

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March 2010


1. The JPO issued a Draft Revision of the Design Examination Standard for Examination Procedures
2. Japan National Police Agency administering “P2P monitoring system”
3. Proposal of the JEPA on the e-Books distribution concept of the National Diet Library

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February 2010


1. Downloading of illegal files prohibited(a revised copyright law took effect)
2. IBM tops the list of US patents granted in 2009 for the seventeenth successive year
3. Reinforcement of Intellectual property right protection for Shanghai Expo
4. Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) between JPO and USPTO,JPO and EPO using PCT international results

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January 2010


1. EU Patent System: a new step forward
2. China surpasses Europe, United States in patent filings growth rate
3. Two iPS cell-related patents are granted in Japan

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December 2009


1. The JPO enhances cooperation with foreign countries
2. “Criteria for Examination of Similar Goods/Services” to be revised
3. Nissan licenses its painting technology related patent to NTT DoCoMo.

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November 2009


1. JPO revises industrially applicable inventions and examination guidelines for medical inventions
2. “Green” applications become eligible for Accelerated examination
3. ITC to investigate an alleged car patent infringement by Toyota
4. Third revision of Chinese industrial property law on patent, utility model and design
5. Supreme Court of Japan orders a ban on the sales of budget Charlie Chaplin DVDs
6. China remains the world’s trademark powerhouse – 2009 filings exceed one million cases

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October 2009


1. The JPO implements a prior art search support program for fiscal year 2009
2. The University of Tsukuba develops an automatic structure for a patent glossary in collaboration with NEDO
3. Japan and China agree to strengthen their cooperation regarding the protection of intellectual property rights in the field of trademark matters and counterfeiting control
4. Japan-Canada PPH program starts on a trial basis, while JPO establishes specialized PPH website
5. Expansion of the Super Accelerated Examination to PCT National Phases in Japan

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September 2009


1. Japanese government is considering a reinforcement of the measures regarding unused trademarks
2. JPO publishes a draft revision of the Examination Guidelines regarding“industrially applicable inventions” and “medicinal inventions”

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August 2009


1. Japanese government issues the 2009 Plan for the Promotion of Intellectual Property
2. Patent Prosecution Highway continues its worldwide expansion with the inclusion of Hungary
3. China tightens its trademark examination
4. Sony joins a defensive service against patent trolls

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July 2009


1. Microsoft files a patent application for a Magic Wand
2. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard renew patent cross-license agreement

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June 2009


1. Japan holds over 70% of next-generation car patent applications, according to a JPO survey
2. EU Parliament extends copyright term for performing musicians
3. Video content: establishment of a centralized organization for copyright handling
4. McDonald's vs. McCurry : no trademark infringement, says Malaysian Court of Appeal

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May 2009


1. ITC recognizes Funai's claims in TV patent infringement case
2. Patent Prosecution Highway: Japan secures an agreement with a sixth country while worldwide use of the program is on the rise
3. Spansion and Samsung settle a patent infringement dispute regarding flash memory technology
4. China tops world trademark rankings for the seventh consecutive year
5. Microsoft and TomTom settle a patent infringement litigation

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April 2009

Regarding the revision of the Japanese Industrial Property Law to take effect on April 1, 2009

1. Introduction.
2. Reconsideration of the registration system for non-exclusive license.
3. Extension of the period for demanding an appeal.
4. Expansion to additional countries of the electronic exchange system of priority documents.

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March 2009

1. The JPO releases a series of videos on its website to introduce the Japanese Design System
2. The Agency for Cultural Affairs discloses a draft government ordinance adding Blue-ray discs to the Compensatory payment system; gathers public feedback; implementation scheduled for April 1, 2009
3. The JPO releases a draft revision of the Handbook of Guidelines for the Formal Examination regarding provisional patent licensing and gathers public feedback
4. The JPO sets up a online database of specialists to support the use of intellectual property in the business strategies of local communities and medium-sized and small companies

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February 2009

1. Determination of the date of enforcement of a number of revisions to Japanese Intellectual Property Law, including the reconsideration of the registration system for non-exclusive licenses
2. Revision of the Japan Copyright Law: download of pirated versions by using peer-to-peer software to become illegal
3. The National People's Congress of China adopts the revision of the Patent Law
4. Sounds and moving images may become registrable as trademarks

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January 2009

1. New venture set up to protect companies against patent trolls
2. U.S. judicial precedent regarding the overcoming of a rejection through commercial success
3. A revision of the patent law brings an increase in the number of plant seed-related patent applications in Korea
4. The Japan Patent Office (JPO) publishes the results of a case study on inventive step as part of the comparative studies of examination practice conducted by the Trilateral Offices

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December 2008

1. The JPO has started from October to accept applications for a revised registration system of non-exclusive license
2. Federal Appeals Court rejects a business model invention due to lack of patentability
3. The EPO takes a step towards unification regarding the patentability of computer programs
4. The JPO publishes a digest regarding the necessity of microorganism deposit, starts to gather opinions from the public

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November 2008

1. The JPO starts the pilot program Super Accelerated Examination
2. Trademark registration: Japanese place name Sanuki, already registered in Taiwan, is now applied for in China
3. Microsoft wins a patent infringement suit connected to MP3 technology
4. Publication of the Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2008

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October 2008

1. JPO starts a trial version of the Patent Strategy Portal Site
2. Bosch, DuPont and Xerox join the Eco-Patent Commons program to help the environment by releasing ecological patents
3. The DVD6C reduces royalty rates on DVD decoders and DVD encoders
4. A patent infringement suit against Nintendo's Wii has been filed
5. US court (CAFC) rules that open source software can be covered by copyright
6. A handling guideline of period in which applicant including resident outside Japan may file an appeal under the law revised in 2008.

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September 2008

1. Osaka's emblematic restaurant Kuidaore shuts down
2. Japan filing the highest number of patent applications in the world; China rapidly progressing (WIPO announcement)
3. Nissan Motor to start a fully-fledged license business centered on the company's own technology

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