JASRAC Faces Criticism for New Copyright Measures for Music Schools

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While Asian countries are often seen as loose on copyright infringement, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) is known for being strict, even (some would say) overbearing with those who perform music that is covered…
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JPO’s Updated Extension Guidelines Provides Second-Chance, Post-Deadline Extension

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Missed the first deadline for an Office Action response? Since the Revision to Japanese Patent Law effective from April 2016, the JPO has modified rules for extending the deadline for responding to Pre-Appeal Office Actions*, both minor and major. Of…
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JPO Expands Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Connections with South America

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The Japan Patent Office (JPO) continues to expand its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) network with pilot programs initiated with the National Institutes of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and Argentina, respectively, from April 1, 2017. The JPO plans to start…
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New Chief Judge of the IP High Court Installed

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Presiding Judge Misao Shimizu of Japan’s Intellectual Property High Court became its sixth presiding Chief Judge in January 2017. The Hon. Shimizu’s Inaugural Remarks are available on the IP High Court’s website.[1] Japan instituted the IP High Court, connected to…
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JPO Working Together with KIPO and SIPO to Improve IP Protection

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Heads of the Japan Patent Office have recently completed an IP symposium with corresponding leaders in the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) in Kanagawa Prefecture. They have…
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