Ohara Law Office

February 23, 2016

Which courts hear patent litigation cases in Japan?

Sometimes having an exclusive patent right isn’t enough to discourage others from producing infringing copies. In these circumstances, sometimes a forcefully worded letter drafted by a lawyer can help resolve the issue. However, sometimes the patent right holder will need to enforce his or her patent right in court.
February 23, 2016

Does the Japanese patent litigation system involve large amounts of discovery?

Patent litigation in America usually involves many months of discovery with lawyers pouring over emails, faxes, technical documents and notes looking for the “smoking gun” piece of evidence. This process is designed to ensure that all evidence is available at trial and the correct verdict is reached. However, it also greatly increasing attorney’s fees as teams of lawyers bill hours churning through documents.
February 23, 2016

How do you stop another party from infringing on your patent?

When another party is infringing on your intellectual property it is important to stop the infringing action as quickly as possible. Every day that passes without action results in more infringing sales and possible damage to your IP or brand. Sending a warning letter from a lawyer’s office sometimes can bring an end to the infringing behavior quickly and painlessly. Sending warning letters to infringing parties as a first measure is common practice in Japanese intellectual property disputes.
February 23, 2016

Why are trademarks important?

A trademark, unlike a patent or a copyright, protects a recognizable sign, design or expression that identifies a service or product. The most famous of these trademarks are instantly recognizable images that not only identify with a particular product but also have become part of modern culture. Some instantly recognizable trademark examples include the silhouette of an apple with a bite out of it or golden double arches forming a capital M.