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[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.

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10129 – Intellectual Property High Court (July 29, 2020)

“Gas Appliance” Overview: The Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) holds a patent as valid over the prior art, upholding a prior trial decision. Main Issue: Whether gaps 1 and 2 in Plaintiff’s Evidence 1 are equivalent to the “opening” claimed in the defendant’s patent. Summary of Conclusion: The claim at issue concerns a …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10077- (Intellectual Property High CourtJune 11, 2020)

“Grab Bucket for Flat-bottomed Broad Dredger” Overview: This Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) upholds a trial decision of an invalidation trial to hold a patent valid. Main Issue: The main issue is whether a claimed feature reciting that a rubber lid opens upward in accordance with an increase in internal pressure in a …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10085-Intellectual Property High Court, June 4, 2020

 “Server Apparatus, Method of Controlling the Same, Program, and Game System Overview: The Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) overrules a prior decision to invalidate a patent for lack of an inventive step. Main Issue: Determination of “ease of conception” for resolving a difference with the prior art. Summary of Conclusion: It was established …

[IP Case Summary: Japan-Patent] 2019 (Gyo-Ke) No. 10019 &10030-Intellectual Property High Court, March 25, 2020

 “L-glutamate Production Strain and Method of Manufacturing L-glutamate” Overview: This case concerns an appeal to the Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) of Japan, with regards to a decision rendered by the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) of maintaining a patent valid. The IP High Court upheld the JPO’s decision. Main Issue: Whether claim 11 …

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