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Japan: Tighter controls on the influx of counterfeit goods

Japan24-04-2022Ryo Maruyama

Keeping in step with the recent growth of e-commerce, there has been a rapid increase in the number of cases where foreign business entities directly sell and send by mail a small amount of counterfeit goods to individuals residing in Japan.

Business Brief 2021: Japan

Japan08-06-2021Ryo Maruyama

Design rights are now effective for 25 years from the date of application, and the conventional definition of design has changed significantly. Ryo Maruyama of Kyosei International Patent Office reports.

Japan: A major design change

Japan10-08-2020Ryo Maruyama

Ryo Maruyama of Kyosei International Patent Office reports on the new protection offered under the recently amended Japanese Design Law.

IP Pages 2019: Message from the Kyosei president

Japan22-01-2019

Since our establishment as an IP law firm in 1970, we at Kyosei International Patent Office have been providing individuals and a variety of companies and other organisations with professional services to protect and enhance their IP rights.

Japan jurisdiction report: Moral rights and stories

Japan17-09-2018Ryo Maruyama

In August this year, a person launched a product that consists of a plantlet of a baobab tree in a package on which the title Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), original illustrations, and a short story relating to the sale of a baobab tree are printed.

Business brief 2018: Japan

Japan22-05-2018Ryo Maruyama

Japan jurisdiction report: The treatment of exclusive-use licences

Japan18-05-2018Ryo Maruyama

In Japan, there are two different types of exclusive-use licences relating to patents: (1) a senyo jisshiken (a registered exclusive licence), and (2) a dokusenteki tsujo jisshiken (a semi-exclusive licence).

Japan jurisdiction report: Policies for better service

Japan09-04-2018Ryo Maruyama

Since Naoko Munakata assumed the position as commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), on July 5, 2017, the JPO’s IP policies have been smoothly and dramatically improved, driven by Munakata’s intelligence and the practical knowledge that she obtained while working for Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

IP Pages 2018: Message from the Kyosei president

Japan13-03-2018

Since our establishment as an IP law firm in 1970, we at Kyosei International Patent Office have been providing individuals and a variety of companies and other organisations with professional services to protect and enhance their IP rights.

Japan jurisdiction report: Picking the right article

Japan15-02-2018Ryo Maruyama

In the past, Chinese entities often copied brands owned by Japanese companies, but recently Chinese companies have had to take legal action in response to the illegal use of their brands by Japanese entities.

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