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April 2024 [Legal] Newsletter

April Issue [Legal] Newsletter Relaxation of procedures for exceptions to lack of novelty Videos available on the Japan Patent Office's YouTube channel In the explanatory video series available on the Japan Patent Office's YouTube channel, a video on the revised law regarding the "procedures for exceptions to lack of novelty of designs," which has been reported in our newsletter, has been released.

April 2024 [General] Newsletter

April Issue [General] Newsletter: About the Patent Application Non-Disclosure System The Patent Application Non-Disclosure System has been introduced in this newsletter several times, and will finally be launched on May 1st of this year. The Japan Patent Office has already released detailed information, but on February 2nd of this year, the Japan Patent Office announced the details of the first examination and the advance confirmation system for prohibiting foreign applications.

Introduction to design decisions: “Studded bag case” ~Design ruling regarding application of exception to loss of novelty~

- Reiwa 5 (Gyoke) No. 10071 Request for rescission of trial decision (December 2023, 12) - (Plaintiff) Rainbow Shake Co., Ltd. / (Defendant) Summary of Judgment from the Japan Patent Office Regarding designs cited, Article 25 of the Design Act A case in which it was disputed whether the exception to lack of novelty in paragraph XNUMX should be applied. The plaintiff claims that the cited design does not meet the ``exception rule for loss of novelty of a design.''

Comparison of variety protection systems and key points for foreign applications: Japan, China, South Korea, and the United States

Comparison of variety protection systems and points for foreign applications Japan, China, South Korea, United States Number of annual applications in Japan (2021) Approximately 776 Jurisdictional organization Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Protection period 25 years after registration (30 years for trees, etc.) Application language Japanese Required application documents such as variety registration application, manual, photo, etc. *Required document characteristics table if applicable

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