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Sonderhoff & Einsel has been featured in Japan Lawyers Guide 2016/2017 (LexisNexis). Please see below for further details. Download PDF
Please note that Monday 19th September 2016 and Thursday 22nd September are public holidays in Japan. Our office will be closed on these days. A list of all Japanese public holidays for the remaining year can be found on our contact page.
Nikkei Shinbun on the Brexit and possible implications for the European Unitary Patent Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and its possible implications for the European Unitary Patent system have also been a topic of interest in the Japanese
A new patent attorney, Hiroshi Morita, has joined the Firm. Please click here for more details.
Revised Examination Guidelines allow patenting of food/drink inventions According to the Examination Guidelines in place before the revision, it used to be considered that the discovery of a new attribute of publicly-known foods provides no new application which is distinguishable from
Related revision of the Japanese Patent Law Upon joining the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), Japanese Patent Law was partially revised in 2015 with the aim of integrating and streamlining formal procedures so as to improve user-friendliness and mitigate the applicants’ burden. This
1. Outline of the Amendment (Article 35, Paragraphs 1 to 7) When an invention is made by an employee, the right to obtain a patent belongs to the employer, if any provision in an agreement, work rules or any other contract stipulates