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SHIGA International Patent Office is one of the largest intellectual property firms in Japan. We represent domestic and international clients from…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 6 Jan 2023

IP High Court Grand Panel Admitted High Compensation for Damages Related to Patents of Massage Chairs

Japan is often regarded as a country where fewer litigation cases are filed and less amount of compensation for damages are claimed compared with US…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 9 Jul 2015

How to examine “product-by-process” claim in Japan

In accordance with recent Supreme Court Decisions (Case Nos. H24(Ju)-1204 and -2658), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) has changed its practice…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 12 Jun 2015

Recent Supreme Court case: interpretation of product-by-process claim

Claim 1 of the patent in question, Japanese Patent No. 3737801, relates to a pravastatin sodium which is specified not only by certain remaining…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 28 Nov 2014

Revision of Japanese Trademark Law: non-traditional trademarks in Japan

The Japanese Diet enacted the Bill for the Act for the Partial Revision of the Patent Act, etc. On April 25, 2014, which was then promulgated on May…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 29 Aug 2014

Recent IP High Court case: case for employee’s invention related to tamsulosin hydrochloride (IP High Court Case No. H24 (ne)-10052)

Recently, some researchers have filed suits against their companies and gained significant remuneration for their inventions, for example, the blue…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 30 Jul 2014

Judgments on similarity of designs in Japan

In this article, we provide some information about judgments on similarity of designs in Japan. 1. Criteria for judging similarity The similarity of…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 2 Jul 2014

Summary of judgment of grand panel case at IP High Court (IPHC) regarding requirements for patent term extensions

The plaintiff, Genentech, Inc., is the patent holder of patents for inventions titled “Vascular endothelial cell growth factor antagonists” (Japanese…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 8 May 2014

Recent court case related to “drugs produced through combination” claims in Japan

In Japan, inventions related to medical treatments are excluded from the scope of patentable inventions for bioethical reasons, etc. However…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan, USA | 27 Feb 2014

Patent infringement litigation case between Nikon Corporation and Shigma Corporation

The patent infringement case of Nikon vs. Shigma regarding lenses with VR technology (Vibration Reduction technology) was concluded at the Tokyo…
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Shiga International Patent Office | Japan | 12 Feb 2014

Intellectual property right border enforcement in Japan

“Fakes” such as counterfeit and pirated products which infringe intellectual property rights (IPRs) have no guarantee of quality, and the use of…
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