Meilin Law joins IR as the exclusive White Collar Crime Member in Japan

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Kenta Ikebe of Meilin Law. Kenta has joined IR as our exclusive White Collar Crime Member in Japan. Kenta Ikebe (Meilin International Law Firm) is graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 2008 and from the University of […]

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“Some Multiple Dependent Claims Will Be Rejected In Japan – What Is The Influence On Foreign Applicants?”

Newsletter (March 2022) │  IP Practice Due to the upcoming revision of the Enforcement Regulations of Japan’s Patent Law and Utility Model Law, a patent application or a utility model application which is filed on or after April 1, 2022 and includes a multiple dependent claim referring to another multiple dependent claim (“improper multiple dependent claim”) will be […]

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Is Your Company Prepared For The Implementation Of The Personal Information Protection Act On April 1, 2022?

Newsletter (March 2022) │  Law Practice Introduction As countries around the world bolster their laws to protect the privacy of personal data and information, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Japan has also taken a major step in strengthening its data protection laws to, in part, meet the stringent global standard set forth […]

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New opportunities in the legal industry

The explosion of the financial technology or “fintech” industry has been one of the most notable developments of the global financial services industry in recent years. The fintech industry is comprised of companies that make use of new technologies to provide financial services traditionally offered by banks, companies that partner with banks to provide financial […]

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A case of product-by-process claims which were not found to be in violation of the clarity requirement after a Supreme Court decision (The case of pre-washed rice (musenmai) retaining umami and nutritional ingredients: IP High Court Case Precedent H29.12.21)

A product-by-process (PBP) claim (scope of claim) generally refers to a claim in which the manufacturing method for the invention of a product is described. In the Patent Act, the subject of an invention is stipulated as being an invention of a product, an invention of a method, or an invention of a manufacturing method, […]

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Recent changes to company registration practices

1. Removal of residency requirements for representative directors of joint stock companies The Ministry of Justice issued a notice on March 16, 2015 containing the following information. The treatment in the Answer Minshi No. 4974 dated September 26, 1984 from the Fourth Section Chief of the Civil Affairs Bureau and the Answer Minshi No. 1480 […]

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Japanese Proceedings and Taiwan

If a Taiwanese person or Taiwanese corporation located in Taiwan is the defendant (“Taiwanese Defendant”) when attempting to file proceedings in Japan, not only must they consider whether or not the case can be won, but many other issues as well. Whether or not there is jurisdiction in Japan It is necessary to consider whether […]

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Moving Forward After COVID-19 – Portugal M&A

Our member firm in Portugal, Abreu Advogados, has drafted this report that looks at the future of Portugal after a major downturn in many different sectors due to Covid-19. The report explores the market’s trends, the sectors that have been affected most and the strengths of the Portuguese market. Click here to read

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Modifications to genuine products

The act of reselling or transferring genuine products (including patented products and copyrighted works) that have been legitimately purchased with modifications, retrofittings, processing or replaced parts (“Modifications”) may be an infringement of the intellectual property rights included in the genuine products. We will provide an outline on this below, focusing on patent law, trademark law, […]

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