Region: Japan

Benchmarking the IP5

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q4: IP5 insights

29 November 2021

Nobel laureate’s troubles are a cautionary tale about the importance of university tech-transfer support

Tasuku Honjo’s recent patent battles highlight the potential IP dangers of academic collaborations

18 November 2021

Mitsubishi Electric adds technology licensing to its monetisation push

Creation of an “open technology bank” for fee-based use comes as world’s third-biggest PCT filer also does more deals with NPEs

05 November 2021

JPO hopes to bolster bottom line with fee hikes amidst long-term filing decline

Commissioner Kiyoshi Mori says patent filing activity is recovering from the pandemic, but increased costs could affect application patterns for budget-conscious users

04 November 2021

Steel dispute shows why Japanese companies must make China central to patent strategies

Patent asserted by Nippon Steel against Baosteel in Tokyo has no counterpart in China, but Japanese company has thousands of Chinese patents in its arsenal

26 October 2021

Nippon Steel’s patent portfolio gives it the litigation edge

The company is currently engaged in a virtually unprecedented big-ticket dispute with Toyota in the Japanese courts

25 October 2021

What to know about Baosteel: the Chinese giant behind Japan’s biggest patent dispute

The state-owned firm has moved up the value chain despite its limited overseas patent holdings, but it is no stranger to high-stakes IP legal fights abroad

22 October 2021

Japan ruling party to back secrecy legislation for sensitive patents

A change to the country’s patent system could be included in new prime minister Fumio Kishida's signature economic security agenda

18 October 2021

What we’ve learned from an eventful fortnight in auto IP

Saturday Opinion: Litigation is heating up, big antitrust questions remain unanswered and there’s more to the rising conflict than just wireless SEPs

16 October 2021

Nippon Steel seeks injunction against Toyota and $350 million in shock Tokyo patent lawsuits

Steelmaker files litigation against an important customer over parts sourced from Baosteel, a rival supplier from China

15 October 2021

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