JPO Postponing Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans with IoT Difficulties

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In 2017, the JPO had been trying to institute a system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to force patent owners and prospective licensees to reach positive resolution when negotiations failed. However, the JPO realized that it should hold off on…
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Following “PPAP” Confusion, JPO to Reassure Status of Trademark Applications Whose Acceptances Are Delayed by Defective Prior Applications

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The JPO is making its procedures for examining trademark applications that have been preceded by defectively filed applications more transparent after some confusion that caught up the media in Japan. Defective (often, with official fees unpaid) applications frequently are attempts…
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Foreign Statements Weighed for Estoppel by Japan’s IP High Court

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In a possibly consequential decision, the IP High Court overturned the Tokyo District Court’s infringement case decision against Debiopharm International S.A., judging that plaintiff Nichi-Iko’s patent No. 4430229 was not infringed. What was important about the decision was that the…
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