Event / Seminar

On May 28, 2019: S&E gave a presentation at the LESI 2019 – Annual Conference Yokohama Japan –

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) held an annual conference in Yokohama, Japan at the Pacifico Yokohama during May 26 through May 28, 2019. On May 28, 2019, Mr. Felix Einsel gave a presentation on “AI – a danger or chance for the job of a patent attorney” in the workshop titled on “Artificial Intelligence – What is It and How Do You Own and License AI-developed inventions and Data?” This workshop explained the basic forms of AI and discussed the various aspects of ownership and licensing of AI and its output. Mr. Einsel’s presentation focused on whether the job of a patent attorney will be overtaken by AI and the importance of exploring new areas of expertise for the patent attorney and making a change in a patent attorney’s education. Based on the lively discussions and Q&A, it is indeed true that AI is being watched closely by everyone with great interest.

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On May 13, 2019 and in Frankfurt on May 16 (Frankfurt), 2019: The China IP Law Seminar was held by the Hamburg Office.

The Chinese Patent Law Seminar organized by the Hamburg Office was held on May 13, 2019 (Hamburg) and May 16 (Frankfurt).

At this seminar, patent attorneys from the Hamburg, Beijing, and Tokyo offices provided an overview of the latest trends in China’s patent law and patent practice that are changing dynamically.

Dr. Zhao (Chinese attorney at law) of the Hamburg Office gave a presentation on the “Revisions of the Patent Law and the Opportunities for Patent Infringement Litigation in China” Ms. Wu (Chinese patent attorney) of the Tokyo office explained the “Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage System in China”, and Mr. Zhao (Chinese patent attorney) of the Beijing Office presented on the “Latest Information on the Practice of Patent Prosecution in China”.

Seven participants attended the seminar in Hamburg and 22 participants joined the seminar in Frankfurt. During the Q&A session, there was a lively exchange of questions and opinions, and we believe the seminars were highly successful.

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On January 24, 2019, S&E will hold a German IP Seminar on “Prosecution of German Patents: a comparison with EP Proceedings ”.

Recently, we at Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office have welcomed Mr. Martin Krause, who is registered as both a German patent attorney and European patent attorney, to our sister office (EINSEL Attorney at Law und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB) located in Hamburg, Germany.


We would like to invite our Japanese colleagues to a German IP seminar entitled “Prosecution of German Patents: a comparison with EP Proceedings”, which will be held shortly after the beginning of 2019 and presented by Mr. Krause.


Even as uncertainty surrounding Europe’s political and economic situation increases, it can be said that Germany’s role is expanding. Statistics showing that many Japanese companies are seeking to register their patents at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) rather than at the costly European Patent Office are well known.


At this seminar, Mr. Krause will not focus on proceedings at the EPO, but will instead compare and contrast proceedings in Japan and at the DPMA, a subject about which there is far less information available in Japan.


Mr. Krause, who has a wealth of experience at patent offices and the IP departments of private companies, especially in the automobile field, in which he has worked in a wide variety of capacities, will explain the merits and demerits of acquiring IP rights at the DPMA in an easily understandable way.


Following the seminar, there will be a small reception featuring a new year’s greeting, German wine and pleasant conversation. We hope you will come and enjoy this reception with us.


Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Time: Seminar 18:00 – 19:45

Reception 19:45 – 20:45

Venue: meeting room, Sonderhoff & Einsel Law & Patent Office

(18th floor, Shin-marunouchi Center Building, 1-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo)https://se1910.com/contact/

Fee: Free (pre-registration required)

Registration: Please fax or e-mail the completed registration form  to Sonderhoff & Einsel by Friday, January 18th.

Language: English (Interpretation/Translation by Mr. Einsel)


Please click here for more details. (Japanese only)


*Please note that private individuals and those in the field of IP law may be prohibited from attending.

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S&E gives presentation in Tokyo on December 10th, 2018 and in Osaka on December 12th, 2018 at the WE2 Study Group held by the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA).

On December 10th and 12th, 2018, Mr. Felix Einsel gave a presentation over the course of six hours on the utilization and practice of intellectual property in the EU at the WE2 Study Group held by the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He explained the current developments in intellectual property in the EU, in particular the chances of implementation of the unitary patent and unified patent court, the latest EU regulations and directives, judgments handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union and, since Japanese corporations are exhibiting a strong tendency to transfer their patent applications from the EPO to the German Patent Office, he talked about patent/utility model prosecution and enforcement at the German Patent Office and in the courts. This year, ca. 75 individuals participated in the seminar in Tokyo and roughly 30 participants took part in the seminar in Osaka. An updated version of the seminar is also planned for the end of next year.

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On November 30, 2018 Sonderhoff & Einsel’s Kengo Sakai Gave a Presentation at the EU-Japan Centre’s Event titled, “Recent Developments in EU and Japanese IP and Privacy Law “

On November 30, 2017, S&E and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation held an event at the Delegation of the European Union with regard to recent developments in EU and Japanese IP and privacy law.  The event offered an update as to how the European Unitary Patent system is expected to be implemented during the first half of 2019 and how the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) has been implemented in the past six months, and the second half of the event highlighted key court decisions from the EU and Japan on important intellectual property-related issues.

Sonderhoff & Einsel’s Kengo Sakai gave a well-received presentation titled, “Roundup of Recent Important IP-related Decisions in Japan” and his presentation focused on the IP High Court’s decision on the “Pyrimidine Derivative” Grand Panel Case and later participated in a panel discussion where there was a lively Q&A session among the speakers and the audience on this decision, IoT, and AI.

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On November 30, 2018, S&E and the EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation Will Conduct a Seminar titled, “Recent Developments in EU and Japanese IP and Privacy Law.”

On November 30, 2017, S&E and the EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation will conduct a seminar titled, “Recent Developments in EU and Japanese IP and Privacy Law” at the Delegation of the European Union. The details are as follows:


Date & Time: Friday, 30 November 2018, 14:00 – 19:00

(Registration at 13:30)

Venue: Delegation of the European Union to Japan (Tokyo)

Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0047

Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous translation)

Fee: Free (pre-registration required)

Registration: via the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

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On August 30th, 2018 an event entitled “From the Ground Up: The Latest IP Information Related to Pharmaceutical Patents such as the China/Taiwan Patent Linkage System”

Sonderhoff & Einsel’s patent attorneys, Xiaofen Wu , Hiroshi Morita, and attorney-at-law, Ayuko Nemoto, gave a seminar on IP in China and Taiwan, which was held by Johokiko Co., Ltd. Currently, legal systems regarding the management of pharmaceuticals are taking shape in China and Taiwan and patent strategies for pharmaceuticals are playing an important role in companies’ business plans. In particular, the obtainment and exercise of patent rights heavily influence the profitability of these companies, and it has become crucially important to have a thorough understanding of such related matters.


Against this background, the seminar focused on the rapidly developing situation in China and Taiwan and the latest IP information related to pharmaceutical patents, such as the recent trends in the Chinese legal system and changes to the organization of the State Council (of the PRC), the China/Taiwan Patent Linkage System, generic drug development/filing and their relationship to patent rights, actual examples of patent management related to petitions for the filing of generic drugs made by Chinese firms, patent right infringement litigation in the Chinese pharmaceutical Industry and the Taiwan Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage System were discussed. In addition, Ms. Wu, Mr. Morita, and Ms. Nemoto introduced examples of recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the PRC as they relate to patent requirements for pharmaceutical patents and the interpretation of rights, and also explained certain points to keep in mind regarding the conduct of related business.

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On July 24, 2018, S&E sponsored an US IP seminar on the recent trends in the US Supreme Court’s and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decisions, and their impact on the patent practices of Japanese corporations.

On July 24, 2018, S&E sponsored a US IP seminar on the recent trends in the US Supreme Court’s and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decisions and their impact on the patent practices of Japanese corporations. The speaker was Professor Toshiko Takenaka who, while teaching at prominent universities such as Keio University Law School and Washington University School of Law, is involved in the acquisition and exercise of patent rights at Seed IP Law Group in Seattle. At the seminar, Ms. Takenaka explained the recent trends in US patent decisions related to the patentability, technical scope and exercise of rights for software development inventions, gene therapy, etc., and compared these trends with the practices in the EU and Japan.  She also touched on how these trends in court decisions shape prosecution as well as the details to keep in mind when drafting claims and specifications.

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On August 30, 2018: S&E will give a presentation on intellectual property in China and Taiwan — Basics regarding the patent linkage system and other pharmaceutical-related topics as well as the latest IP information –.

Xiaofen Wu (Patent Attorney) and Ayuko Nemoto (Attorney at Law) from Sonderhoff and Einsel will give a presentation at this seminar, which is being hosted by Johokiko Co., Ltd.. The topics to be covered at the seminar range from the essential basics on the patent linkage system related to pharmaceutical patents to the latest information on intellectual property.


Legal regulations concerning pharmaceuticals management in China and Taiwan are currently developing, and an understanding of these regulations is crucial. In addition, patent strategies for pharmaceuticals are becoming an important part of corporate management planning. Obtainment of patent rights and rights enforcement are particularly critical deciding factors in the profitability of pharmaceuticals.


This seminar will focus on rapidly developing China and Taiwan and explain the latest information on topics such as regulation trends in intellectual property — e.g., patent linkage systems and applications for approval of pharmaceuticals. Recent judicial decisions from the Supreme People’s Court (China) regarding the patentability of pharmaceutical patents and interpretation of rights as well as points to keep in mind during the practice thereof will also be covered.

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018

Time: Seminar 13:30 – 16:30

Venue: Shinjuku Bunka Center, 4F, Meeting room No.2 (Japanese only)

6-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022


Please click here for information on registration and more details regarding this seminar. (Japanese only)

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On April 25, 2018 Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office sponsored a seminar in Tokyo for Domnern Somgiat & Boonma Law Office Ltd. from Thailand regarding the prosecution and enforcement of IP rights in Thailand. DS&B presented on the recent and planned revisions to Thai IP-related laws and provided concrete examples of IP enforcement in Thailand.  As the seminar was conducted in English, Sonderhoff & Einsel provided translation and interpretation services for DS&B.

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