Latest patent trends in Japan

Presented by

Tom Phillips (WIPR), Jeroen van der Donck (Sonoda & Kobayashi)

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At the half-way point of 2021, the world has been engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly 18 months. This amount of time is just enough to have a first look at patents and the IP landscape in Japan during this period. In this webinar, Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law will get you up to speed with 2020’s IP developments in Japan as well as give clarification on the recent trends and shifts observed at the different patent offices. Particular attention will be devoted to the latest figures of IP filings and litigation in Japan as well as the role of filing by international companies. The World Intellectual Property Organization reported a global increase in patent filing during 2020, but that has not been reflected in Japan, and it appears that the ongoing trend of lower total filings has grown during the pandemic. The webinar will also address the latest trends with regard to a sub-class of ‘green’ patents: those concerning plastic recycling. Join us as we discuss this topic and other patent trends in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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