Ohara Law Office

March 22, 2017

What happens if my Japanese visa application is denied?

  If a Japanese visa application is denied, the applicant sometimes will not be told the specific reason for the denial.  However, the denial means that one of the requirements for obtaining a visa was not adequately fulfilled so the applicant should re-examine his or her own application to determine which requirement was not met.
March 17, 2017

What is an Indemnity clause?

An indemnity clause can be a powerful tool to control costs and manage risk when licensing technology.  An indemnity clause, at its most powerful, can completely shield one party from liability, forcing the other party to cover all potential risk stemming from the agreement.  However, more commonly, it will be used to cover specific areas of risk such as potential damage caused by use of the licensed technology or claims by 3rd parties for IP infringement.
March 15, 2017

How much initial capital should a Japanese corporation have?

When establishing a company in Japan it is necessary for the founders to make an initial investment of money into the company’s account.  This money will ideally be used as capital for the inevitable costs associated with setting up a business, such as renting office space, purchasing supplies and paying salaries. While there is no legally defined minimum amount of initial investment, applications for companies without proper financing will be looked upon poorly. 
March 13, 2017

Does an invention have to be “highly advanced” in order to be granted a patent?

The Patent Act requires that an invention be novel, inventive and “highly advanced” in order to receive a patent.  While “highly advanced” may sound like a very high bar for inventions to meet, generally it is considered as less important than the novelty and inventiveness requirements.