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[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. 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] No.2018 (Gyo Ke) 10174 -Intellectual Property High Court (December 26, 2019)

“Method of Manufacturing Paper Packaging Container and Paper Packaging Container” Overview: The Plaintiff in this case, requested a reversal of a prior decision rendered in an invalidation trial, in which the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) held the patent at issue to be valid. Legal Issue: Error in determining a difference (“Difference A”) between the subject …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] No. 2016 (Gyo-Ke) 10186, Intellectual Property High Court (March 21, 2017)

“Friction Thermochromic Writing Instrument and Friction Heat Discoloration Set Using the Same” Overview: The Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court) overturned an appeal decision of invalidity rendered by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) regarding a patent having been corrected after issuance. Legal Issue: The legal issue concerns a friction-heat based thermochromic writing implement, and …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] No. 2016 (Gyo-Ke) 10103, Intellectual Property High Court (February 28, 2017)

Re “Wire gripper” Overview: The court confirmed the JPO’s decision to hold the concerned patent valid. Legal Issue: The feature claimed in the patent was obvious for the person skilled in the art. Summary of Conclusions: The patent in question concerns a wire gripper having a long lever with a ring portion at its tail …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] No. 2016 (Gyo-Ke) 10009, Intellectual Property High Court (October 26, 2016)

Re “Humidifier” Overview: This case stems from a patent invalidation trial conducted by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in which the patent was found invalid. The case was then appealed to the Intellectual Property High Court which overturned the former decision rendered by the JPO. Legal Issue: The issue concerns whether the claimed feature of  …

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