May 9, 2016

What kind of evidence is necessary to enforce a debt in Japan?

When attempting to collect a debt in Japan it is best to assemble as much evidence of the debt as possible beforehand.  The most obvious and important evidence that should be collected are copies of invoices, bills and receipts that clearly establish the debt.   However, there are many other types of evidence that can also be of great help in successfully pursuing a debt.
March 28, 2016

Do you need the debtor’s address to enforce a debt in Japan?

Before attempting to enforce a debt in Japan, it is important to confirm the basic information about the debtor.  This includes confirming any address or contact information that may be outdated or incorrect.
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.