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QR Code

Zen International Patents and Trademark The QR code was invented by a Japanese company, DENSO WAVE (DENSO at the time of invention).  Although DENSO owns several related patents, it has decided not to exercise the rights in order to standardize QR code. Nowadays, we can see QR code in various places. The QR code that links to the GO TOKYO tourist information site, appears even on the back of the uniform worn by the Tokyo Tourism Volunteers. (See below image) A QR code that is capable of being read in 360 degrees, is made of multiple rows and columns and a position marker is placed at the three corners of the …

A shoulder strap for canes

Zen International Patents and Trademark A shoulder strap for canes named “ARUKUTOMO” has been featured on TV in Japan. The biggest feature of the product is that a cane will not fall on the floor even if a cane user let go the cane. “ARUKUTOMO”’s shoulder belt does not slip off a user’s shoulder easily and it is designed to enable the user to hook the cane. Mr. Kazuyoshi Endo invented the product after a stroke left him paralyzed on his left side of the body. People in the same situation as Mr. Endo, are very worried about dropping their canes since picking up them is extremely difficult. – For …

Foods with Function Claims

Zen International Patents and Trademark More than 2 years has passed since the system of “Foods with Function Claims” was introduced in Japan. The purpose of the system is to make more products available clearly labeled with certain nutritional or health functions and to enable consumers to make more informed choices. The market of “Foods with Function Claims” has been growing.  According to the report by Fuji Keizai, Japanese marketing research & consulting group, the market in 2015 was 30 billion yen, and in 2017 it is expected to reach 131 billion yen. It is reported that the sales of the Kagome’s (Kagome Co., Ltd.) tomato juice with label stating …

Conveyor Belt Sushi and Patent

Zen International Patents and Trademark Conveyor belt sushi restauratns are very popular among foreing visitors in Japan.  There’s always a long line of people waiting in front of a famous restaurant. According to media reports, market size of conveyor sushi restaurants of 2016 is about 605 bilion yen and it is expected to reach 674 billion yen in 2021. In 1958, Genroku Industry Co., Ltd. of Higashi Osaka City of Japan opened a conveyor belt sushi restaurant for the first time in the world.  The late Yoshiaki Shiraishi, the founder of Genroku Industry, had been developed a “swivel meal table” over a long period of ten years, and that became the foundation of conveyor …

Cooperation with Brazil in the Field of Industrial Property

Zen International Patents and Trademarks On August 1, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) agreed on a memorandum of cooperation to expand cooperation in the field of industrial property. The outline of the memorandum is as follows:  Exchanging information on IP systems and practices at the Offices, such as IP strategy, IP international treaties, legislation, regulations, guidelines and manuals, as well as on statistical data on IP administration Cooperation on substantive examinations including the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and the Examiner Exchange Program (enhanced initiative) Cooperation in the field of Information Technology Cooperation in the field of human resources development for the officials …

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The World’s First Blue Chrysanthemum

Zen International Patents and Trademarks National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and Suntory Global Innovation Center Limited (SGIC) announced that on August 4, 2017, they succeeded in developing the world’s first blue chrysanthemum. Many efforts have been made to develop the blue chrysanthemum. Since there were no closely related species necessary for developing a blue chrysanthemum, traditional breed improvement such as crossbreed were not applicable. Therefore, NARO and SGI successfully developed blue chrysanthemum by using a new method of introducing two kinds of genes that modify pigment. This technology may be applicable to various flowers such as roses, carnations, lilies and dahlia. The following patents relate to this technology. Japan patent …

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Open Type Freezer

Zen International Patents and Trademark At supermarkets and convenience stores, we see ice displayed in a flat Freezer without glass doors in Japan. (See the photo below.) Customers can easily select products when they are displayed in this open type freezer. Even though the freezer has no glass doors, there is no need to worry about whether ice creams will melt. The open type freezer is based on the principle that cold air is heavy and sinks downward. Cold air is blowing out constantly from the side of the upper part of freezer and it flows to ice creams to keep the temperature low. For this reason, ice creams does …

Fuji Xerox New Technology “YoctraceNote”

Zen International Patents and Trademark Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed “YoctraceNote”, an object recognition technology that recognizes inherent random patterns inadvertently generated on the surface of objects such as industrial products. Recently the business of counterfeit goods has been rapidly growing.   In addition, due to the development of technology for manufacturing counterfeit products, type and complexity of imitation has become more sophisticated. It is reported that by taking pictures with a smartphone equipped with this technology, it becomes possible to instantly distinguish counterfeited gift certificates, drugs of tablets, and the like. We hope that this new technology will help to resolve the issue of counterfeit goods.

JPO Gets First Female Commissioner

Zen International Patents and Trademarks The Japan Patent Office announced a new personnel affair on July 4, 2017. The most noteworthy personnel affairs is that Ms. Naoko Munakata was appointed as the first female Commissioner. She entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in 1984 and became the prime minister secretary in 2015. The share of female executives of Japanese listed companies is merely 3.4%, which is the lowest among developed countries. As the Japanese government aims for a society in which women’s participation will expand even further, she will be the symbol. Taking this opportunity, we hope that the number of female …

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Energy and Power Saving Expo 2017

Zen International Patents and Trademark Energy and Power Saving Expo event was held on July 26, 2017 – July 28, 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight. (Please see the photos below.) We went to the event and had exposure to new technologies on July 28, 2017. There were many interesting products such as an automatic door without electric power. Energy and power saving technologies will cause a revolution in our way of living.    

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