Posts in Japan


Universal Entertainment Accuses Founder of Directing Patent Infringement Through American Subsidiary for Personal Gain

Japanese gaming firm Universal Entertainment Corporation (TYO:6425) filed a complaint alleging patent infringement and other claims against Las Vegas, NV-based entity Aruze Gaming America as well as …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 0

U.S. Patent System Falls to 12th Place in Chamber Global IP Index for 2018

While the United States continues to do well overall, patent protection continues to be problematic. In 2017 the U.S. ranked 10th worldwide in terms of offering patent …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 17

Mattel fais in Japanese trademark opposition to block ‘Salon BARBIES’

In a recent trademark opposition, the Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition by Mattel, Inc. – maker of the world-famous Barbie doll – who …
By Masaki Mikami
6 months ago 0

Apple failed to block Swatch’s attempt to acquire the trademark for Steve Jobs’ catchphrase ‘one more thing’

The Swiss watchmaker Swatch's effort to acquire the trademark for "SWATCH ONE MORE THING" has run in to opposition from Apple, which argues the phrase ‘one more …
By Masaki Mikami
8 months ago 0

Nintendo Switch gaming console is at center of patent infringement suit filed by Gamevice

Gamevice is asserting a single patent in this case: U.S. Patent No. 9126119, titled Combination Computing Device and Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section. Issued in September 2015, …
By Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 3

Marathon Patent restructuring will put Fortress subsidiary in charge of patent monetization

Marathon is transferring certain parts of its intellectual property portfolio to newly created special-purpose entities (SPEs), which would give greater control over patent monetization strategies to a …
By Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 1

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2016 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2015 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
10 months ago 0

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Patents: A Survey

Given the broad range of countries deploying UAVs and the large number of applications for UAVs, we took a look at patent data from the last 20 years (1997 …
By Peter Glaser
10 months ago 1

JPO Decides WHITNEY HOUSTON Trademark is Descriptive When Used on Music Recordings

At an initial examination proceeding, JPO examiner refused the trademark with respect to all goods in class 9 on the grounds that consumers can easily perceive or conceive …
By Masaki Mikami
10 months ago 0

Evolution of Tech: Iver Anderson gets the lead out of electronics solder

Soldering, the process by which two items are joined together by melting a filler metal with a low melting point and pouring liquid metal onto the joint, …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

Japan Patent Office Reverses Initial Refusal of ‘Gotham City’ Trademark

The Appeal Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) has reversed an initial decision by JPO examiner to refuse the mark “GOTHAM CITY” with a logo, and ordered …
By Masaki Mikami
12 months ago 0

Famous hotel brand RITZ successful in invalidating RITZ MARCHE in Japan

In the assessment of similarity, the Board considered a term “MARCHE” to be less distinctive or inherently descriptive in connection with “retail services or wholesale services for …
By Masaki Mikami
1 year ago 0

Huawei earns first victory against Samsung in China over smartphone patents

This is the first win in court against Samsung by Huawei, which currently places third in the global smartphone market with 8.9 percent market share as of last …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

A Changing Patent Landscape: U.S. no longer the most patent friendly jurisdiction in the world

At this moment in history almost everything we thought we knew about global patent protection is being challenged. The U.S. is not the most patent friendly …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 13

Microsoft, Toyota announce new licensing agreement for connected car IP

The licensing agreement, which covers patents directed at connected car technologies, is the latest partnership between these two companies seeking to increase entertainment and autonomous tech platforms …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1