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November 16, 2018

What industries are common in the Kansai area?

The Kansai area, composed of the area surrounding Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara, has been a major hub of business and commerce since ancient times in Japan.  Kansai’s traditional role as a hub of industry continues to this day but modern enterprises have taken their place alongside more traditional crafts. Some of the major companies that have their headquarters in the Kansai area include, Sharp, Panasonic, Mitsubishi and Kyocera.  The Kansai area also is home to a majority of Japan’s high tech solar power and advanced battery industries.  On the other hand, traditional crafts and tourism related industries still thrive […]
November 16, 2018

Is it necessary to file a request for an examination in addition to a patent application in Japan?

In Japan, the a patent application merely starts the process of obtaining a patent for your invention and inventors should be aware that there are additional steps to the process after the application is filed.  Specifically, one of the most important steps following the application is filing a request for examination of the patent. The Japan Patent Office will not examine a patent without being requested to do so and if the applicant does not submit a request within 3 years of filing his or her application the application will be considered withdrawn and no patent will be granted. For […]
May 23, 2019

Does a buyer have to inspect goods upon receiving them?

A big problem arises in purchase and sales agreements when the seller and buyer are not clear on the products that are to change hands.  The seller may ship a certain quality and quantity of products that he or she thinks the buyer wants, when in fact the buyer actually was hoping for something completely different. In these cases it is always best for the buyer to inspect products upon receipt.  However, whether the buyer has an obligation to do so depends on the terms of the contract or whether the buyer is an experienced merchant or a normal person.  […]
October 18, 2019

What are some ways to limit the expanse of a license?

Granting another company or person a license for intellectual property, is a powerful way to turn patented, copyrighted or trademarked ideas into a source of reoccurring profit.  However, granting a license that is too broad can result in a wasted opportunity and lost profit.  Therefore it is important to tailor the license agreement to fit exactly the parameters that fit the license fee being paid. The most common way to limit the expanse of a license is to make it non-exclusive.  This allows the rights holder to grant further licenses to other parties and continue to develop other revenue streams.  […]