Ohara Law Office

November 17, 2017

Can I prevent a third party from filing for a patent in Japan?

When someone is trying to patent something in Japan that is not unique or for some other reason should not be patentable, third parties are allowed to intervene in the patent application process to argue against granting the patent.  These interventions can even be filed anonymously and, if successful, will prevent the granting of a patent for products that are not unique or not patentable for some other reason.
November 15, 2017

Does Japan maintain any double taxation treaties for inheritance?

Japan has only one estate tax treaty, signed with the United States in 1955.  The treaty is designed to prevent double taxation for inheritances that involve both US and Japanese inheritance tax law.
November 10, 2017

How does the Japanese government collect debts?

When someone owes a tax burden in Japan, the government will first issue a series of warning letters.  If the debtor ignores these letters and continues to neglect payment, the tax authorities will issue another warning letter stating that, if payment is not made, they will forcibly collect the debt through compulsory execution. At this point, if the debtor still does not pay, the government can claim his or her assets in Japan through compulsory execution.  These assets can include bank accounts or real property in Japan.
November 8, 2017

Do couples meet during divorce mediation in Japan?

A couple scheduled for divorce mediation will be given a time to report to their local family court.  Since the couple will enter mediation separately, usually the times for them to arrive will be staggered, so one spouse arrives after the other spouse has already started mediation.  This reduces the likelihood that the couple will run into each other in the family court lobby or hallway.