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Satoshi Watanabe
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Consultant, Adviser at Syobayashi International; Owner and Author - Japan Intellectual Property News
Consultant, Adviser at Syobayashi International; Owner and Author - Japan Intellectual Property News

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Nintendo plays a patent game with COLOPL for $40 million
On January 10 2017, a Japanese mobile game company COLOPL announced that it got sued by Nintendo for patent infringement. Nintendo seeks JPY 4.4 billion (approximately $40 million) in damages and an injunction to stop operation of “Shiro Neko (White Cat) pr...
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ID Pharma fishes in troubled waters, while Kyoto University requests Fujifilm Corp for reduction of licensing fee on iPS cell-related patents
It was reported that iPS Academia Japan , which manages iPS cell-related patent portfolio  of Kyoto University, lowered the patent royalty rate for regenerative medicine from 2% to 1.5% of sales of related products. iPS Academia Japan has so far signed pate...
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A brief study of Japan patent infringement case decisions in 2017
December - it’s a good time to take a look back over the past year. The previous article in March introduced the statistics  of patent infringement case decisions in 2014-2015 which were disclosed by the Supreme Court. Now I just made a brief study of paten...
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Japan defers the adoption of SEP ADR system
As introduced in the previous article , Japan discusses the solution to dispute over standard essential patents (SEP); for example, the introduction of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) ADR system to determine appropriate license fee of SEP and the development ...
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AI becoming trendy in the Japanese IP industry
Recently media is crowded with the stories about products and services using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The use of AI technologies looks becoming hot equally in the IP industry. On November 2 2017 Toshiba Digital Solutions (TDS), which was ...
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Japan Supreme Court reverses taxation on Denso’s subsidiary in tax haven
On October 24 2017, the Japan Supreme Court reversed the taxation based on the Anti-Tax Haven (or Controlled Foreign Company: CFC) rules imposed on the income of DENSO ’s subsidiary in Singapore. Under the CFC rules , income arising from a foreign subsidiar...
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Toyota forced to pay JPY 400 milion in back taxes due to failure to declare withholding tax on royalty to foreign companies
On October 13 2017, it was reported that Toyota was forced to pay JPY 400 million in back taxes by Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau due to failure to declare withholding tax on intellectual property royalty to foreign companies. Toyota outsourced the developm...
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Patent analysis reveals 1000+ Japanese engineers moved to Asian manufacturers
Increasing mobility of employment is recently highlighted in Japan to improve productivity and competitiveness of Japanese companies. Ironically, it seems to have been progressing, especially from Japanese companies to foreign companies. Reportedly , at lea...
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SoftBank enters technology transfer & scouting business
On October 4 2017, SoftBank Corp. announced that it signed a partnership agreement with Wellspring Worldwide Inc. to enter technology transfer and technology scouting business. Wellspring is a Chicago-based solution provider for technology transfer, technol...
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JPO asks for suggestions on guidelines for SEP license negotiation
On September 29, the Japanese government started discussing issues involved in licensing of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) in accordance with Intellectual Property Strategic Program 2017 which was published in May 2017. The Intellectual Property Strategi...
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