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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

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.

January 2024 [Legal Affairs] Newsletter

May issue [Legal Affairs] Newsletter Japan Patent Office: Announces guidelines for designated goods and designated services regarding virtual space and non-fungible tokens (NFT) On March 5, 2024, the Japan Patent Office announced guidelines for designated goods and designated services regarding virtual space and non-fungible tokens (NFT). ) guidelines for designated goods and designated services have been published. In recent years, the use of virtual space for business has progressed.

February 2024 [General] Newsletter

May Issue [General] Newsletter 5th Japan-ASEAN Patent Experts Meeting On March XNUMX, XNUMX, the XNUMXth Japan-ASEAN Patent Expert Meeting will be held by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the intellectual property offices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. The ASEAN Patent Experts Meeting was held online. The above meeting will be held in Singapore on September XNUMX, XNUMX.

Introducing new patent examination cases related to AI-related technology

As of March 6, 3, the Japan Patent Office has added new patent examination cases related to AI-related technologies to the "Patent and Utility Model Examination Handbook." In addition, on the Japan Patent Office website "About explanatory materials for cases related to AI-related technologies," ・Materials explaining 13 newly added cases in slide format ・Full text of all cases related to AI-related technologies

January 2024 [Legal Affairs] Newsletter

April Issue [Legal Affairs] Newsletter Relaxation of Procedures for Applying Exception to Loss of Novelty Video released on the Patent Office's YouTube channel In the explanatory video series currently available on the Patent Office's YouTube channel, we have introduced the following in our newsletter: A video regarding the revised law has been released regarding “Procedures for applying exceptions to loss of novelty of designs”

February 2024 [General] Newsletter

April Issue [General] Newsletter About the patent application non-disclosure system We have introduced the patent application non-disclosure system several times in this newsletter, and it will finally start from May 4st of this year. The Japan Patent Office has already released detailed information, but on February 5 this year, the Japan Patent Office announced the initial examination and 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.''

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