Commissioners of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) tend to stay in the post for only about a year or so, and the typical profile is a senior official within Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) – not a figure from IP practice. But as this blog has outlined, Commissioner Yoshinori Komiya, who took the reins in June, is not a newcomer to the field. This week in Tokyo, industry figures have told me that the JPO’s new leader was instrumental in the creation of IP Bridge and other strategic IP projects, and is expected to hit the ground running in his new role. Yesterday, I sat down with Commissioner Komiya on the sidelines of IPBC Japan. The following is an excerpt from our conversation – the full interview will be published in upcoming issues of IAM’s English and Japanese-language editions.

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