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The World’s 1st Laundry Folding Bot

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Seven dreamers laboratories inc. (Seven Dreamers) announced that it will start a limited sales reservation for fully automatic laundry folding robot “Laundroid”. Laundroid is the world’s first fully automatic laundry folding robot for home use that is created by combining three technologies—image analysis, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Several patents are used for Laundroid. One of them (Japanese Patent Registration No. 5317239) is shared between Seven Dreamers, Panasonic Corporation and Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. Since Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., the owner of this patent, is the one of biggest housing builders, apartments equipped with Laundroid may be sold in the near future.


Cooperation with India in the Field of Industrial Property

Zen International Patents and Trademarks On 24th May 2017, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Intellectual Property India (IPI) signed a new action plan on the industrial property field. The outline of the action plan is as follows: Human resource development in industrial property field Training for new patent examiners in India Follow-up training for new patents examiners in India Dispatch of experts on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) from Japan to India Holding seminars on Indian intellectual property system in Japan Cooperation in raising awareness about intellectual property and promoting innovation Based on the action plan, JPO will strengthen cooperation with IPI and support the speeding up of patent examination in India (IPI aims …


To 80% Market Share of Generic Drugs

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Since the cost of pharmaceuticals in social security expenses continues to increase in Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare aims to suppress the social security expenses by accelerating market share of generic drugs. Therefore, the Ministry decided the policy to increase the market share of generic drugs* to 80% by 2020. In addition, the Ministry will support the development of generic drugs related to “biopharmaceuticals” that produced by gene recombination and animal cells. *A generic drugs is a medication that has exactly the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug (original drug) and yields the same therapeutic effect and are cheaper than it. Generic drugs can be sold …


Guilty Verdict for A Man Who Sold Jailbreak iPhones

Zen International Patents and Trademarks The court judge that the man who sold several jailbroken iPhones violated the trademark law. The reason for the judgment is that there was a significant difference between the jailbroken iPhone and the authentic product in function and there was a fear that Apple had to take responsibility if there was a problem with the jailbroken iPhone.

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Discuss The Measures for Patent Troll

Zen International Patents and Trademarks The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan starts to consider measures to protect Japanese companies from malicious patent management company called “Patent Troll”. The main content of them is to establish a third-party committee composed of experts of laws to discuss whether the Patent Troll request is reasonable or not. The opinion of a thrid-party committee will be taken into consideration in court.


Patent Litigation Success Rate is More Than 40% in Japan

Zen International Patents and Trademarks In Japan, it is said that patent litigation success rate is far lower than that of major developed countries. However, the Japanese Supreme Court reviewed the contents of the settlement and found that many of them were in favor of plaintiffs. Considering of the contents of the settlement, it turned out that the patent litigation success rate was more than 40% and was not substantially so low.


Percentage of patent applications related to IoT

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to a report released by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), approximately 40% of the number of patent applications related to smart manufacturing technology have been filed from Japan. However, most of patent applications related to the data transfer technology in factory and the analysis technique utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) have been filed from the United States. In this report, JPO insists that as a future direction, it is necessary to advance research and development focusing on the following points: Mechanism for efficiently collecting information necessary for management to use PDCA cycle in real time Utilization of sophisticated information processing technology such as “AI”  


The Reward Eight Times!

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Renesas Electronics Corporation has decided to raise the reward for filing patents up to eight times and more compared to before. Until now, the reward for filing patents was as small as several ten thousand yen. The aim of this decision is to improve the motivation of engineers, encourage engineers to invent, and strengthen their competitiveness.

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Examination system of inventions related to IoT

Zen International Patents and Trademarks In our previous blog, we wrote that the Japan Patent Office (JPO)  created a new patent classification (ZIT) for IoT (Internet of Things) based technologies. Thereafter, in April 2017, JPO announced that it has established an new examination system of inventions related to IoT. Specifically, a specialized team consisting of approximately 50 examiners was organized so that they would review the inventions including business model etc. The reason for establishing such an examination system is that the Government of Japan believes that inventions relating to IOT will be the source of competitiveness of many companies, and will bring innovation to the japanese economic society.


Ten Japanese Great Inventors – Kikunae Ikeda

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Today’s topic is “Kikunae Ikeda”, one of ten Japanese Great Inventors chosen by the Japan Patent Office. Kelp stock (Konbu Dashi) has long been used in Japanese cooking.  It was empirically known that ingredients contained in kelp(Konbu) composed a source of taste. Kikunae Ikeda, a professor of the Tokyo Imperial University, focused on kelp (Konbu) taste and named it as “umami”. He also noticed that “umami” was the fifth taste after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. He began research to clarify the ingredient which is the source of “umami”. He discovered the ingredient was sodium glutamate and then obtained the patent rights to the manufacture of sodium glutamate in 1908. (patent number 14805). Nowadays, “umami” …

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