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June 2024 [General] Newsletter

June Issue [General] Newsletter Results of the Survey on "Research on the Protection of Creations Utilizing AI Under Patent Law" On April 22, 2024, the Japan Patent Office published the results of the survey on "Research on the Protection of Creations Utilizing AI Under Patent Law" (chairman: Professor Ryuta Hirashima), which was conducted as a commissioned research project for fiscal year 2023, in the Japan Patent Office Webpage.

June 2024 [Legal] Newsletter

June Issue [Legal] Newsletter: Regarding the revised Unfair Competition Prevention Act to come into effect in April 5 At the 211th ordinary Diet session of 51, the Act to Partially Revise the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc. (Act No. XNUMX), which includes amendments to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, was passed and enacted. Based on the following three pillars, the Act will amend the Trademark Act, Design Act, Patent Act, Utility Model Act, etc.

The Design System of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Federative Republic of Brazil Introduction The following provides information and an overview of the protection of design rights in the Federative Republic of Brazil. We hope that this site will be of help to our customers in protecting their intellectual property assets in foreign countries. We hope that you will find it useful. 1. Subject of protection and duration

To everyone in the sports industry

(1) Introduction Of course, it's fun to watch sports, but it's also fun to experience them yourself. Driven by the growing health consciousness among consumers, jogging, which has gained full citizenship, and trekking and mountain climbing, which have even given rise to the buzzword "mountain girl," are booming. Also, if you go to the gym

To everyone in the sports industry

Introduction Sports are fun to watch, of course, but they are also fun to experience. Driven by the growing health consciousness among consumers, jogging has become popular recently, and trekking is becoming popular among middle-aged and elderly people. Going to the gym has also become commonplace.

The database of the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China is no longer freely available.

From May 2024, 5, the database of the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China will no longer be freely available. To use it, you must register as a user on the China Trademark Network website. Please refer to the JETRO website for detailed instructions on how to register as a user on the China Trademark Network website. “In China

Japanese trademark system

First, the following information is useful for protecting trademark rights in Japan. We hope that this page will be of help to our customers in protecting their intellectual property rights in Japan. Please make use of it. <Average review period> *As of April 2018, the average review period from application to registration (examination) is

Are you fully prepared for counterfeit products?

Do small and medium-sized businesses need countermeasures against counterfeit products? "The counterfeit product problem is not just a problem for large companies and luxury brands." Nowadays, there is no big difference in the proportion of large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises that are affected by counterfeit products, and the number of cases in which small and medium-sized enterprises that provide superior products are also falling victim to counterfeit products is increasing. Counterfeit product damage rate by company size (from the Japan Patent Office website)

Start of operation of patent application nondisclosure system

The patent application nondisclosure system started on May 2024, 5. This system is a system that takes measures such as withholding publication of the application and restricting foreign applications through a procedure called ``designation of preservation'' for patent applications for inventions that are sensitive to national security. ``Act on Promotion of Ensuring Security through Security Policy'' (Act No. 1 of 43) (

Introducing the revised European Patent Office Examination Standards (2024)

We would like to introduce the revision regarding the transfer of priority rights in European patent applications, which has been a problem until now. Clarification of practice regarding priority transfer How should cases be handled in which some of the inventors of the basic application are not listed as applicants in the PCT application? In particular, the inventor is listed as the applicant in the basic application.

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