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Holiday Notice July 22 – 25

The Japan Patent Office and our offices will be closed for holidays during the following period: Thursday, July 22, 2021 to Sunday, July 25, 2021. Any due dates falling during this period will automatically be extended to the next business day.

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent]2020 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10058-Intellectual Property High Court(February 25, 2021)

“Frame Structure in a Bed” Overview: In this case, the Intellectual Property (IP) High Court overturned the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) Board of Examiner’s decision in an invalidation trial on the grounds that the board had erred in the determination on inventive step. Main Issue: Whether it would have been easy to “configure a part …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent]2020 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10005 – Intellectual Property High Court (November 10, 2020)

“Wood Pulp for Glass Plate Interleaving Paper and Interleaving Paper for Glass Plate” Overview: In the prior instance, the board of trial examiners of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) confirmed the final rejection of the subject patent application. In this decision, the Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) upholds the JPO holding. Main Issue: …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent]2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10165, “Insulation Sheet” (Intellectual Property High Court, November 5, 2020)

Case: 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10165, “Insulation Sheet” (Intellectual Property High Court, November 5, 2020) Overview: In the prior instance, the board of trial examiners of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) confirmed a final rejection of the subject patent application on the grounds of an addition of new matter. In this decision, the Intellectual Property High …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent]2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10117 – Intellectual Property High Court (December 3, 2020)

“Mechanical Parking Lot Apparatus, Method of Controlling the Mechanical Parking Lot Apparatus, and Method of Providing Safety Verifying Function for the Mechanical Parking Lot Apparatus” Overview: In a prior opposition procedure, the Board of Trial Examiners of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) rejected a request for a correction of a patent on the grounds of …

Holiday Notice

The Japan Patent Office and our offices will be closed for holidays on the following days: Thursday, April 29, 2021 Saturday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Any due dates falling on these days will automatically be extended to the next business day.

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10112 – Intellectual Property High Court (October 21, 2020)

“Equol-containing Extract and Manufacturing Method Thereof, Equol Extraction Method, and Food Containing Equol” Overview: The Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) upholds a prior decision rendered by the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) in an invalidation trial, which had held a patent valid further to approving a claim correction. Main Issue: Whether the claimed subject …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10114 Intellectual Property High Court (September 24, 2020)

“Video Distribution System that Distributes Video Including Animation of a Character Object Generated Based on the Movement of an Actor, Video Distribution Method and Video Distribution Program” Overview: In this case, the Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) upheld a trial decision rendered by the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) on an appeal of a …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Design] No. 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10155 – Intellectual Property High Court (August 26, 2020)

  “Transfusion Formulation Comprising Sulfur-containing Compound and Trace Metallic Elements” Overview: In this case, the plaintiff appealed a decision from an invalidation trial that held the defendant’s patent valid. The Intellectual Property (IP) High Court upheld the trial decision. Main Issue: Whether the invention of this case is patentably distinct over a prior art reference. …

Holiday Notice

The Japanese Patent Office and our offices will be closed from December 29, 2020 through January 3, 2021 for New Year holidays and reopen on January 4, 2021. Any due dates during the closure will automatically be extended to January 4, 2021.

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