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On July 25, 2019: Attorneys Ayuko Nemoto and Ryo Takamatsu gave a presentation at the Legal & Compliance Committee of the American Medical Devices and Diagnostics Manufacturers’ Association (AMDD).

On July 25, 2019, Attorneys Ayuko Nemoto and Ryo Takamatsu of S&E gave a presentation titled “The 2019 Amendment of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law and its Impact on Manufacturing Medical Devices” at the Legal & Compliance Committee of the American Medical Devices and…

ON JULY 11, 2019: S&E SPONSORED A LATIN AMERICA IP SEMINAR.

On July 11, 2019, S&E sponsored a Latin America IP seminar on “Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Inventions in Latin America”. At the seminar, Dr. Sergio Escorza, European patent attorney of Ungria, a Spanish firm specialized in intellectual property with many offices in the U.S. and Latin…

ON JUNE 21, 2019, S&E SPONSORED A US IP LAW SEMINAR.

On June 21, 2019, S&E sponsored a US IP law seminar titled, “Applying Extraterritoriality of US Patents: Effect on the Patent Practices of Japanese Companies.” The speakers were Professor Toshiko Takenaka who, while teaching at prominent universities such as Keio University Law School and Washington…

Revision of the Patent Act – Patent Disputes and Extension of the Scope of Protection for Designs

The draft law for the partial revision of the Patent Act was passed and adopted by the Cabinet on May 10, 2019 and announced on May 17, 2019. This revision will create a new system for collecting evidence in a potential infringement matter where an…

On June 6, 2019: S&E Held a Study Group on Intellectual Property in China and Taiwan.

On June 6, 2019: S&E held a study group on the Intellectual Property in China and Taiwan at Sonderhoff and Einsel’s firm office. Ms. Xiaofen Wu (Chinese patent attorney) of S&E gave a presentation on the “Patent Linkage System in China and Taiwan”, in which…

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…

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…

On March 12, 2019: Interview of Ayuko Nemoto by the INTA (International Trademark Association) was released as a podcast.

Sonderhoff & Einsel’s Ayuko Nemoto was interviewed by the INTA on the topic titled “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property in Japan: A Deep Dive into Applications, and Legal and Policy Issues”. The interview was released by the INTA as a podcast on March 12, 2019….

“Golden Week” holidays 2019

We would like to inform you that our office and the Japan Patent Office are closed for ten consecutive days for the “Golden Week” holidays as follows: Monday, April 29, 2019 until Monday, May 6, 2019 Information on our business hours can also be found…

IP-Bulletin from Japan

According to JPO statistics, the number of patent applications filed in Japan decreased by 1.6%, while the number of design applications and trademark applications increased by 1.0% and 4.8% respectively. This increase in the number of trademark applications could indicate a tendency by companies toward brand…

Reduction of patent-related fees

On April 1, 2019, a new system will be introduced for the reduction of patent examination application and other fees. This system can be applied to all applications filed on or after April 1, 2019, regardless of the filing date. The beneficiaries of this system…

Sonderhoff & Einsel welcomes three new patent attorneys in January

Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office is pleased to announce that we have welcomed three new patent attorneys: Saori MAEKAWA, Dr. Kazunari YOKOYAMA and Hisako TANAKA. Since her registration as a patent attorney in 2001, Ms. Maekawa has been involved in a wealth of…

THE LEGAL 500 ASIA PACIFIC 2019

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Felix-Reinhard Einsel and Mr. Hiroshi Morita have been recommended in the practice area of “Intellectual Property: Independent Local Firms” in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 editorial. Mr. Einsel has been highlighted as a patent attorney who has an…

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...

Amendment of the fee for examination request (As of April 1, 2019)

Due to an enforcement of a revision regarding unfair competition law etc. in Japan, the fee for examination request for patent applications will increase from April 1, 2019. This new fee will be applied to patent applications filed on or after April 1, 2019. The…

IP Practice: “Interpreting Standards of Amendments to Markush Claims in Invalidation Proceedings from the Perspective of a Retrial by the Supreme People’s Court of China”

Newsletter (November 2018) │ IP Practice In Patent Law, a Markush claim is a special type of claim commonly used in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields when there are a number of variables in one claim and each variable has multiple options. Once a compound...

Notice: Year End Holiday

Please note that our office will be closed during following year-end holiday period:   Monday, December 31, 2018 to Thursday, January 3, 2019   A calendar showing our business days from January 4, 2019 can be found here.   We wish you a very happy...

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...

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...

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...

Mr. Martin Krause, a German and European Patent Attorney, joined our partner office in Hamburg.

Mr. Martin Krause, a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, started working at Einsel Attorney at Law und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, our partner office located in Hamburg, on 01 November 2018. Mr. Krause has extensive experience working for industrial enterprises in Germany, in particular in...

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...

Law Practice: “Workplace Harassment Comes in Many Forms: How Can You Help Your Company Prevent and Deal with Harassment in the Workplace”

Newsletter (August 2018) │ Law Practice The #MeToo movement has spread like wildfire in the US, and thanks to social media, the hashtag has brought increased awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.  The #MeToo movement has also gained footing in Japan, with increased media...

Tax Practice:“Some important amendments of the domestic tax laws under the Government of Japan’s 2018 Tax Reform with regard to corporate tax, income tax, and gift and inheritance tax”

Newsletter (July 2018) │ Tax Practice 1. Corporate Tax   Key points under the 2018 Tax Reform Revision of salary increase tax credit which should benefit corporations Disallowance of tax credits for large-sized corporations Introduction of tax incentives for investment in data collaboration assets Filling tax...

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,...

IP Practice: “Extension of Grace Period (exception of the loss of novelty) for inventions, utility models and designs”

The "Bill for Amendment of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law" in Japan, which was approved by the Cabinet on February 27, 2018, was passed on May 23, 2018. This amended law was promulgated on May 30, 2018 and will be implemented on June 9, 2018....

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...

IP Practice: “Present Status of the Practice of Swiss-type Claims in China”

We are pleased to announce the May 2018 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter. In the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, claims written in the form “the use of substance X in preventing or treating Y disease” are not protected under Chinese patent law. Therefore,...

ON APRIL 25, 2018, S&E SPONSORED AN IP SEMINAR ON PATENT AND TRADEMARK PROSECUTION AND LITIGATION UNDER THAILAND LAW.

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...

On April 20, 2018, FELIX EINSEL GAVE A PRESENTATION AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR THE INSTITUTE OF PATENT AND TRADEMARK ATTORNEYS OF AUSTRALIA

On April 20, 2018 Felix Einsel gave a presentation in Melbourne, Australia, at the Annual Conference for IPTA (The Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia). In the business session titled “Taking Adverse Examination Decisions on Appeal, and other Advanced Patent Office Proceedings in...

IP Practice: “Update of Patent Linkage System for Pharmaceutical Products in Taiwan”

We are pleased to announce the February 2018 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel Taiwan IP Newsletter. The Legislative Yuan (equivalent to the Japanese national Diet) passed a proposal for the partial revision of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law on December 29, 2017. The revision and newly...

On February 15, 2018, S&E Gave a Presentation to the Japan In-House Counsel Network(JICN).

On February 15, 2018, Ayuko Nemoto and Grant Tanabe gave a presentation to the Japan In-House Counsel Network (JICN) titled, “Workplace Harassment Comes in Many Forms: How Can You Help Your Company Prevent and Deal with Harassment in the Workplace?”

IP Practice: “Update of Patent Linkage System for Pharmaceutical Products in China”

We are pleased to announce the December 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   Patent linkage is a system where a country links drug marketing approval of a generic drug to the status of the patents related to the originator’s product. In China, there have...

On December 13, 2017: S&E Gave a Lecture at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology.

On December 13, 2017, Felix Einsel gave a presentation on German patent law for the seminar titled, “Introduction to Comparative Intellectual Property Law” of the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology.

On December 8, 2017 in Tokyo and on December 13, 2017 in Osaka: S&E Gave a Presentation at the WE21 Study Group Held By the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA).

On December 8, 2017, Felix Einsel gave a presentation over 6 hours on the utilization and practice of intellectual property in the EU at the WE21 Study Group held by the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He explained the current developments in intellectual property in...

On December 8, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation to the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues.

On December 8, 2017, Ayuko Nemoto and Kengo Sakai gave a presentation to the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues titled, “License Agreements with U.S. Companies: Provisions Which Japanese Companies Should Carefully Consider – With a Focus on Provisions Regarding...

On October 10, 2017 in Germany: S&E conducted a Seminar titled, “Intellectual Property in Japan.”

On October 10, 2017, Felix Einsel, Nobuchika Mamine, Kengo Sakai and Ayano Ueda gave presentations jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner and Japanese-German Business Association (DJW) in Düsseldorf. Mr. Einsel presented on opposition after patent grants in Japan; Mr. Mamine’s presentation...

On October 5, 2017: in Germany, S&E conducted a seminar titled, “Current Developments in Intellectual Property in Japan and Germany”

On October 5, 2017, Felix Einsel, Nobuchika Mamine, Kengo Sakai and Ayano Ueda gave presentations jointly with the German law firm of Preu Bohlig & Partner in Munich. Mr. Einsel presented on recent developments of opposition proceedings against patents granted in Japan; Mr. Mamine’s presentation...

IP Practice: “Revision of Administrative Regulations of Prioritized Examination”

We are pleased to announce the October 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   The average time period for a patent examination is currently 22 months in China, which is not necessarily long. However, considering the serious risk of patent infringement by copied products, there...

On September 28, 2017, S&E Will Conduct a Seminar titled, “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, Patentability trends in the Life Sciences and Recent developments of the EU Unitary Patent System.”

On September 28, 2017, Grant Tanabe and Ayuko Nemoto will give a presentation jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, details of which are as follows: Date & Time: Thursday, 28 September 2017, 14:00 –...

On September 27, 2017: Seminar on the prosecution and exercise of patent and utility model rights in Europe and Germany

On September 27, 2017, S&E will sponsor a seminar for the German law firms Preu Bohlig & Partner and Prüfer & Partner who will present on the prosecution and exercise of patent and utility model rights in Europe and Germany. The details of the seminar...

IP Practice: “Announces White Paper on Judicial Protection of IP Rights in 2016”

We are pleased to announce the August 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   On April 27, 2017, the China Supreme People’s Court announced in the "Current Situation of Judicial Protection of IP Rights by the Supreme People's Court (2016)" ("White Paper"), ten court decisions...

On September 8, 2017: S&E Will Give a Presentation To the Life Science Innovation Forum 3 by JMAC.

Shogo Matsunaga will give a presentation titled “Biobank Contract Issues” for JMAC’s Life Science Innovation Forum 3’s “Medical Treatment and Biobanking in the Post Genome Era” which will take place on September 8, 2017 from 12:00. Please see below for more details. Date: Friday, September...

On July 12, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation To the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues.

On July 12, 2017, Atsushi Yamashita, Ayuko Nemoto and Hiroshi Morita gave a presentation titled “A Comparison of General Terms Used in English Contracts – With a Focus on Japanese and New York Law”, and Nobuchika Mamine gave a presentation titled “A Comparison of General...

On April 25, 2017 and on July 10, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation at One of the Monthly Seminars of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (Kokusai-shojiho-kenkyusho)

On April 25, 2017 and on July 10, 2017, Atsushi Yamashita and Nobuchika Mamine gave the following presentations at one of the monthly seminars of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (kokusaishojiho-kenkyusho):   “The Advantages in Investing in Germany, and the Basic Knowledge...

On May 30 and June 1, 2017: S&E held IP seminars jointly with the AIP Patent & Law Firm from Korea

On May 30, 2017 in Tokyo and on June 1, 2017 in Osaka, Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office held a joint IP seminars with the AIP Patent & Law Firm from Korea, which includes attorneys and patent attorneys who have broad experience working...

May 17, 2017: “S&E Gives Presentation on Overtime Work Issues at Asian Legal Business Japan In-House Legal Summit Event”

“On May 17, 2017, Makoto Ohsugi and Grant Tanabe gave a presentation titled, “Japan’s Labor Officials Newly Aggressive Actions To Enforce Overtime Regulations - Overview of the MHLW’s Team to Eliminate Excessive Work and Practical Ways Companies Can Deal with Overtime Issues” to over 100 in-house...

Website for our partner office in China

We are pleased to announce that the Japanese version of the website for our partner office in China has been uploaded. Please click here.

IP Stars 2017

We are pleased to announce that our firm was ranked in the practice area of “Patent Prosecution” in IP Stars 2017 issued by the Managing Intellectual Property. Please click here for more details.

[IP Newsletter] New Types of Trademarks – First Registration of a Color Mark in Japan

We are pleased to announce the March 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   New types of trademarks involving sound, movement, position, holograms, and color have been eligible for registration in Japan since the revision of the Trademark Law in 2015. As of February 20,...

[IP Newsletter] Decision by the IP High Court regarding average molecular weight and the clarity of claims requirement

We are pleased to announce the February 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   The plaintiff, X, filed an invalidation trial against a patent held by defendant ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. which claimed a violation of the clarity of claims requirement based on the lack...

[IP Newsletter] Decision by the Grand Panel of Intellectual Property High Court (January 20, 2017) Regarding Scope of Extended Patent Right

We are pleased to announce the January 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   The plaintiff, a Swiss pharmaceutical company called Debiopharm, requested an injunction against defendant Towa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (a generic pharmaceutical drug manufacturer) and removal from the market of Towa’s alleged infringing...

[Law Newsletter] January 2017 Issue: 2017 Revision of Childcare and Family Care Leave Law and Implications for Employers

On January 1 of this year, amendments to Japan’s childcare and family care leave act became effective, and although the amendments are not substantial and more incremental in nature, it is important that employers implement these detailed changes into their company’s existing work rules so...

Business Days from December 2016 onwards

The calendar to show the business days from December 2016 onwards can be found here.

November 22, 2016: Seminar on Latest Developments in Intellectual Property Law in the EU and Japan

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will hold a seminar jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, details of which are as follows:   Date & Time: Tuesday, 22 November…

November 21st, 2016: Seminar on German Intellectual Property

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will hold a seminar jointly with a German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner on patent infringement litigation in Germany and employee invention in Germany, details of which are as follows: Time: Monday, 21st…

[Tax Newsletter] October 2016 Issue: Dependents Living Abroad

We are pleased to announce the October 2016 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel Tax Newsletter, outlining key points that dependents living abroad should have in mind. For more information, please feel free to contact our tax consultants. Download PDF

Sonderhoff & Einsel featured in Japan Lawyers Guide 2016/2017 (LexisNexis).

Sonderhoff & Einsel has been featured in Japan Lawyers Guide 2016/2017 (LexisNexis).  Please see below for further details. Download PDF

September 2016 Tax Newsletter has been published.

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“Maxacalcitol” Manufacturing Process Patent Case

“Maxacalcitol” Manufacturing Process Patent Case Subject: equivalent infringement This case is a groundbreaking infringement case with regard to the doctrine of equivalents (DOE) in Japan. Here, the originator of “Maxacalcitol” (plaintiff) filed a patent infringement suit against several generic manufacturers (defendants) and the decision was…

Public Holidays – September 2016

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.

Comments by Our Managing Partner, Felix Reinhard Einsel

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 media, as for…

A new patent attorney, Hiroshi Morita, has joined the Firm.

A new patent attorney, Hiroshi Morita, has joined the Firm.  Please click here for more details.

New articles in our Info Center

On June 11th, 2016 Japan’s accession to the International Patent Law Treaty will take effect. Various changes in the Japanese Patent Law related to Japan joining the treaty have recently come into force, of which we are providing an overview in this article. Further, we…

Use inventions of foods

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 publicly-known foods. Therefore,…

Japan’s accession to the Patent Law Treaty

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 treaty will come…

Revision of the Employees’ Invention System in Japan (as of April 1, 2016)

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 in advance that…

May 27th, 2016: Seminar on U.S. Intellectual Property

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will invite Ms. Toshiko Takenaka, Ph.D, of the Washington University School of Law, Professor of Technology Law, for a seminar entitled “Drafting Strategy of U.S. Patent Claim and Specification for Obtaining Extensive Rights Resistant…

Submission of foreign language patent applications since April 1, 2016

Until March 31st, 2016 it was only possible to file a foreign language patent application in English. However, in accordance with revisions by the JPO, from April 1, 2016 it became possible to file a foreign language patent application with documents in other foreign languages…

Public Holidays – May 2016

Please note that the following days are public holidays in Japan, the so-called “Golden Week”. Our office will therefore be closed on: Friday, April 29, 2016 Tuesday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 5th, 2016   Since the Patent Office is also closed on these days,…

Extensions of Patent Terms: Revised JPO Examination Guidelines

Art. 67 (2) Patent Act: extension for inventions underlying approval procedure   Following the decision of the Supreme Court of Japan (Decision of the Third Petty Bench of the Supreme Court, Nov. 17, 2015 (2014 (Gyo Hi) No. 356)), the Japanese Examination Guidelines for Extension of...

March 30, 2016: “The Employment Agreement in Japan” – Seminar at the GCC

The complexities of Japanese labor law affect all companies doing business and hiring people in Japan. Understanding the regulations and recent reforms thereof can be particularly challenging for subsidiaries of foreign firms. In this seminar in the German Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resources Event Series, Mr. Makoto…

Sonderhoff & Einsel News Update – March 2016

We would like to inform you about recent and upcoming revisions by the Japan Patent Office. The first article of this Sonderhoff & Einsel News Update looks at the revision of the “Examination guidelines for Patents and Utility Models in Japan”. The second article outlines…

Revision of Fees for Patents and Trademarks and Handling of Extensions for Office Actions

As part of the enforcement of the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts etc. of 2015, the official fees of the Japan Patent Office related to patents and trademarks were revised as of April 1, 2016 (the “Effective Date”). In addition, the handling of extensions of...

Public holidays – March 2016

Please note that Monday, March 21st 2016 is a public holiday in Japan. Our office will be closed on this day. A list of all Japanese public holidays for the remaining year can be found on our contact page.

March 4, 2016: VDMA-Workshop „Research & Development“ in Frankfurt/ Main

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) is hosting a workshop on the protection of intellectual property and on competition law in the European Union, Japan and China. How can member firms, mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, protect their innovations in jurisdictions inside and…

February 19-21, 2016: Winter School on Japanese Law explained by Case Studies

Makoto Ohsugi and Robert Rauther will be presenting a case study on the protection of technical and operational know-how under Japanese law at Augsburg University’s “Winter School” which focuses on Japanese case law on February 19th, 2016. The three-day event (February 19-21), jointly organized by the…

Public holidays – February 2016

Please note that Thursday, February 11th 2016 is a public holiday in Japan. Our office will be closed on this day. A list of all Japanese public holidays for the remaining year can be found on our contact page.

Revision of the ‘Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan’

As announced on 16 September 2015, the revised ‘Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan’ (henceforth ‘Revised Examination Guidelines’) and the revised ‘Examination Handbook for Patent and Utility Model in Japan’ (henceforth ‘Revised Examination Handbook’) has been be applied to the examination of…

Revision of the “Examination Guidelines for Patents and Utility Models in Japan”

As announced on 16 September 2015, the revised ‘Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan’ (henceforth ‘Revised Examination Guidelines’) and the revised ‘Examination Handbook for Patent and Utility Model in Japan’ (henceforth ‘Revised Examination Handbook’) has been be applied to the examination of…

Sonderhoff & Einsel News Update, December 2015

Please find below a news update of our IP and Law practice groups. In this issue, we are covering a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the extension of patent terms for pharmaceutical products and the potential impact of changes to the Worker’s Dispatch Law on companies….

Supreme Court’s Opinion in Genentech v. JPO

Insight on Potential  Extension of Patent Term for Pharmaceutical Products On 17 November, 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan released a key decision that highlighted certain criteria which would allow an owner of a pharmaceutical patent to extend the term of its patent based on…

Amendment of Workers Dispatch Act Now in Effect

Impact on Companies In 2012, the Workers Dispatch Act (“Act”) was amended to impose a new obligation on companies to directly hire dispatched workers under certain conditions when using temporary employment agencies (“Agency”).  The amendment provided a three year period to allow for companies to…

Public Holidays – December 2015

Please note that our office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec 23rd, 2015 and for the Japanese year-end holidays from Dec 29th, 2015 to Jan 3rd, 2016.

Public holidays – November 2015

Please note that Tuesday, Nov 3rd 2015 and Monday, Nov 23rd 2015 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.

Tax News August 2015 Issue: Essence of 2015 Tax Reform in Japan

We are pleased to announce the August 2015 issue of the Sonderhoff & Einsel Tax News, outlining key points of the recent tax reform in Japan (PDF file for Download, in English).   For more detailed information please feel free to contact our tax consultants....

Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts (summary)

The “Draft of the Act for the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts”, approved by the Cabinet of Japan on March 13, 2015, was passed by Parliament on July 3, 2015 and promulgated as Act No. 55 on July 10, 2015.  ...

Sonderhoff & Einsel News Update Law & Tax, August 2015

This month’s news update is covering topics such as corporate governance, a new EU succession regulation which affects EU citizens in Japan, and new tax relief for taxpayers with dependents living abroad.   If you have any questions about these articles or any other legal...

Decision by the Supreme Court of Japan, Apple vs. Individual Inventor

On September 9th, 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan affirmed the lower courts’ decisions in an infringement case regarding a click-wheel on Apple’s “iPod” product. For more information about this key decision, please see the downloadable news update.   Download >

Making Japanese Labor Law Work for You

Date: October 1, 2015 (Thu) 09:00-11:00 Venue: German Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Sanbancho KS Bldg., 5F, 2-4 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Speakers: Mr. Nobuchika Mamine, Attorney-at-Law (Germany) Mr. Shogo Matsunaga, Attorney-at-Law (Japan)

Seminar: Intellectual Property Trends and Trade Secrets – at Europa House Tokyo, Oct 6th 2015

Please join us for this seminar co-organised by Sonderhoff & Einsel and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. The seminar’s presentations will address recent trends in the field of Intellectual Property in Japan and Europe, followed by a panel discussion on trade secrets and a networking…

Events / Seminars

On July 25, 2019: Attorneys Ayuko Nemoto and Ryo Takamatsu gave a presentation at the Legal & Compliance Committee of the American Medical Devices and Diagnostics Manufacturers’ Association (AMDD).

On July 25, 2019, Attorneys Ayuko Nemoto and Ryo Takamatsu of S&E gave a presentation titled “The 2019 Amendment of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law and its Impact on Manufacturing Medical Devices” at the Legal & Compliance Committee of the American Medical Devices and…

ON JULY 11, 2019: S&E SPONSORED A LATIN AMERICA IP SEMINAR.

On July 11, 2019, S&E sponsored a Latin America IP seminar on “Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Inventions in Latin America”. At the seminar, Dr. Sergio Escorza, European patent attorney of Ungria, a Spanish firm specialized in intellectual property with many offices in the U.S. and Latin…

ON JUNE 21, 2019, S&E SPONSORED A US IP LAW SEMINAR.

On June 21, 2019, S&E sponsored a US IP law seminar titled, “Applying Extraterritoriality of US Patents: Effect on the Patent Practices of Japanese Companies.” The speakers were Professor Toshiko Takenaka who, while teaching at prominent universities such as Keio University Law School and Washington…

On June 6, 2019: S&E Held a Study Group on Intellectual Property in China and Taiwan.

On June 6, 2019: S&E held a study group on the Intellectual Property in China and Taiwan at Sonderhoff and Einsel’s firm office. Ms. Xiaofen Wu (Chinese patent attorney) of S&E gave a presentation on the “Patent Linkage System in China and Taiwan”, in which…

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…

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…

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

ON APRIL 25, 2018, S&E SPONSORED AN IP SEMINAR ON PATENT AND TRADEMARK PROSECUTION AND LITIGATION UNDER THAILAND LAW.

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...

On April 20, 2018, FELIX EINSEL GAVE A PRESENTATION AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR THE INSTITUTE OF PATENT AND TRADEMARK ATTORNEYS OF AUSTRALIA

On April 20, 2018 Felix Einsel gave a presentation in Melbourne, Australia, at the Annual Conference for IPTA (The Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia). In the business session titled “Taking Adverse Examination Decisions on Appeal, and other Advanced Patent Office Proceedings in...

On February 15, 2018, S&E Gave a Presentation to the Japan In-House Counsel Network(JICN).

On February 15, 2018, Ayuko Nemoto and Grant Tanabe gave a presentation to the Japan In-House Counsel Network (JICN) titled, “Workplace Harassment Comes in Many Forms: How Can You Help Your Company Prevent and Deal with Harassment in the Workplace?”

On December 13, 2017: S&E Gave a Lecture at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology.

On December 13, 2017, Felix Einsel gave a presentation on German patent law for the seminar titled, “Introduction to Comparative Intellectual Property Law” of the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology.

On December 8, 2017 in Tokyo and on December 13, 2017 in Osaka: S&E Gave a Presentation at the WE21 Study Group Held By the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA).

On December 8, 2017, Felix Einsel gave a presentation over 6 hours on the utilization and practice of intellectual property in the EU at the WE21 Study Group held by the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He explained the current developments in intellectual property in...

On December 8, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation to the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues.

On December 8, 2017, Ayuko Nemoto and Kengo Sakai gave a presentation to the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues titled, “License Agreements with U.S. Companies: Provisions Which Japanese Companies Should Carefully Consider – With a Focus on Provisions Regarding...

On October 10, 2017 in Germany: S&E conducted a Seminar titled, “Intellectual Property in Japan.”

On October 10, 2017, Felix Einsel, Nobuchika Mamine, Kengo Sakai and Ayano Ueda gave presentations jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner and Japanese-German Business Association (DJW) in Düsseldorf. Mr. Einsel presented on opposition after patent grants in Japan; Mr. Mamine’s presentation...

On October 5, 2017: in Germany, S&E conducted a seminar titled, “Current Developments in Intellectual Property in Japan and Germany”

On October 5, 2017, Felix Einsel, Nobuchika Mamine, Kengo Sakai and Ayano Ueda gave presentations jointly with the German law firm of Preu Bohlig & Partner in Munich. Mr. Einsel presented on recent developments of opposition proceedings against patents granted in Japan; Mr. Mamine’s presentation...

On September 28, 2017, S&E Will Conduct a Seminar titled, “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, Patentability trends in the Life Sciences and Recent developments of the EU Unitary Patent System.”

On September 28, 2017, Grant Tanabe and Ayuko Nemoto will give a presentation jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, details of which are as follows: Date & Time: Thursday, 28 September 2017, 14:00 –...

On September 27, 2017: Seminar on the prosecution and exercise of patent and utility model rights in Europe and Germany

On September 27, 2017, S&E will sponsor a seminar for the German law firms Preu Bohlig & Partner and Prüfer & Partner who will present on the prosecution and exercise of patent and utility model rights in Europe and Germany. The details of the seminar...

On September 8, 2017: S&E Will Give a Presentation To the Life Science Innovation Forum 3 by JMAC.

Shogo Matsunaga will give a presentation titled “Biobank Contract Issues” for JMAC’s Life Science Innovation Forum 3’s “Medical Treatment and Biobanking in the Post Genome Era” which will take place on September 8, 2017 from 12:00. Please see below for more details. Date: Friday, September...

On July 12, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation To the Japan Pharmaceutical Industry Legal Affairs Association’s Study Group on International Issues.

On July 12, 2017, Atsushi Yamashita, Ayuko Nemoto and Hiroshi Morita gave a presentation titled “A Comparison of General Terms Used in English Contracts – With a Focus on Japanese and New York Law”, and Nobuchika Mamine gave a presentation titled “A Comparison of General...

On April 25, 2017 and on July 10, 2017: S&E Gave a Presentation at One of the Monthly Seminars of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (Kokusai-shojiho-kenkyusho)

On April 25, 2017 and on July 10, 2017, Atsushi Yamashita and Nobuchika Mamine gave the following presentations at one of the monthly seminars of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Inc. (kokusaishojiho-kenkyusho):   “The Advantages in Investing in Germany, and the Basic Knowledge...

On May 30 and June 1, 2017: S&E held IP seminars jointly with the AIP Patent & Law Firm from Korea

On May 30, 2017 in Tokyo and on June 1, 2017 in Osaka, Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office held a joint IP seminars with the AIP Patent & Law Firm from Korea, which includes attorneys and patent attorneys who have broad experience working...

May 17, 2017: “S&E Gives Presentation on Overtime Work Issues at Asian Legal Business Japan In-House Legal Summit Event”

“On May 17, 2017, Makoto Ohsugi and Grant Tanabe gave a presentation titled, “Japan’s Labor Officials Newly Aggressive Actions To Enforce Overtime Regulations - Overview of the MHLW’s Team to Eliminate Excessive Work and Practical Ways Companies Can Deal with Overtime Issues” to over 100 in-house...

November 22, 2016: Seminar on Latest Developments in Intellectual Property Law in the EU and Japan

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will hold a seminar jointly with the German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, details of which are as follows:   Date & Time: Tuesday, 22 November…

November 21st, 2016: Seminar on German Intellectual Property

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will hold a seminar jointly with a German law firm Preu Bohlig & Partner on patent infringement litigation in Germany and employee invention in Germany, details of which are as follows: Time: Monday, 21st…

May 27th, 2016: Seminar on U.S. Intellectual Property

Please be informed that Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office will invite Ms. Toshiko Takenaka, Ph.D, of the Washington University School of Law, Professor of Technology Law, for a seminar entitled “Drafting Strategy of U.S. Patent Claim and Specification for Obtaining Extensive Rights Resistant…

March 30, 2016: “The Employment Agreement in Japan” – Seminar at the GCC

The complexities of Japanese labor law affect all companies doing business and hiring people in Japan. Understanding the regulations and recent reforms thereof can be particularly challenging for subsidiaries of foreign firms. In this seminar in the German Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resources Event Series, Mr. Makoto…

March 4, 2016: VDMA-Workshop „Research & Development“ in Frankfurt/ Main

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) is hosting a workshop on the protection of intellectual property and on competition law in the European Union, Japan and China. How can member firms, mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, protect their innovations in jurisdictions inside and…

February 19-21, 2016: Winter School on Japanese Law explained by Case Studies

Makoto Ohsugi and Robert Rauther will be presenting a case study on the protection of technical and operational know-how under Japanese law at Augsburg University’s “Winter School” which focuses on Japanese case law on February 19th, 2016. The three-day event (February 19-21), jointly organized by the…

Making Japanese Labor Law Work for You

Date: October 1, 2015 (Thu) 09:00-11:00 Venue: German Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Sanbancho KS Bldg., 5F, 2-4 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Speakers: Mr. Nobuchika Mamine, Attorney-at-Law (Germany) Mr. Shogo Matsunaga, Attorney-at-Law (Japan)

Seminar: Intellectual Property Trends and Trade Secrets – at Europa House Tokyo, Oct 6th 2015

Please join us for this seminar co-organised by Sonderhoff & Einsel and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. The seminar’s presentations will address recent trends in the field of Intellectual Property in Japan and Europe, followed by a panel discussion on trade secrets and a networking…

Newsletters

IP Practice: “Interpreting Standards of Amendments to Markush Claims in Invalidation Proceedings from the Perspective of a Retrial by the Supreme People’s Court of China”

Newsletter (November 2018) │ IP Practice In Patent Law, a Markush claim is a special type of claim commonly used in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields when there are a number of variables in one claim and each variable has multiple options. Once a compound...

Law Practice: “Workplace Harassment Comes in Many Forms: How Can You Help Your Company Prevent and Deal with Harassment in the Workplace”

Newsletter (August 2018) │ Law Practice The #MeToo movement has spread like wildfire in the US, and thanks to social media, the hashtag has brought increased awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.  The #MeToo movement has also gained footing in Japan, with increased media...

Tax Practice:“Some important amendments of the domestic tax laws under the Government of Japan’s 2018 Tax Reform with regard to corporate tax, income tax, and gift and inheritance tax”

Newsletter (July 2018) │ Tax Practice 1. Corporate Tax   Key points under the 2018 Tax Reform Revision of salary increase tax credit which should benefit corporations Disallowance of tax credits for large-sized corporations Introduction of tax incentives for investment in data collaboration assets Filling tax...

IP Practice: “Present Status of the Practice of Swiss-type Claims in China”

We are pleased to announce the May 2018 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter. In the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, claims written in the form “the use of substance X in preventing or treating Y disease” are not protected under Chinese patent law. Therefore,...

IP Practice: “Update of Patent Linkage System for Pharmaceutical Products in Taiwan”

We are pleased to announce the February 2018 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel Taiwan IP Newsletter. The Legislative Yuan (equivalent to the Japanese national Diet) passed a proposal for the partial revision of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law on December 29, 2017. The revision and newly...

IP Practice: “Update of Patent Linkage System for Pharmaceutical Products in China”

We are pleased to announce the December 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   Patent linkage is a system where a country links drug marketing approval of a generic drug to the status of the patents related to the originator’s product. In China, there have...

IP Practice: “Revision of Administrative Regulations of Prioritized Examination”

We are pleased to announce the October 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   The average time period for a patent examination is currently 22 months in China, which is not necessarily long. However, considering the serious risk of patent infringement by copied products, there...

IP Practice: “Announces White Paper on Judicial Protection of IP Rights in 2016”

We are pleased to announce the August 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel China IP Newsletter.   On April 27, 2017, the China Supreme People’s Court announced in the "Current Situation of Judicial Protection of IP Rights by the Supreme People's Court (2016)" ("White Paper"), ten court decisions...

[IP Newsletter] New Types of Trademarks – First Registration of a Color Mark in Japan

We are pleased to announce the March 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   New types of trademarks involving sound, movement, position, holograms, and color have been eligible for registration in Japan since the revision of the Trademark Law in 2015. As of February 20,...

[IP Newsletter] Decision by the IP High Court regarding average molecular weight and the clarity of claims requirement

We are pleased to announce the February 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   The plaintiff, X, filed an invalidation trial against a patent held by defendant ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. which claimed a violation of the clarity of claims requirement based on the lack...

[IP Newsletter] Decision by the Grand Panel of Intellectual Property High Court (January 20, 2017) Regarding Scope of Extended Patent Right

We are pleased to announce the January 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.   The plaintiff, a Swiss pharmaceutical company called Debiopharm, requested an injunction against defendant Towa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (a generic pharmaceutical drug manufacturer) and removal from the market of Towa’s alleged infringing...

[Law Newsletter] January 2017 Issue: 2017 Revision of Childcare and Family Care Leave Law and Implications for Employers

On January 1 of this year, amendments to Japan’s childcare and family care leave act became effective, and although the amendments are not substantial and more incremental in nature, it is important that employers implement these detailed changes into their company’s existing work rules so...

[Tax Newsletter] October 2016 Issue: Dependents Living Abroad

We are pleased to announce the October 2016 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel Tax Newsletter, outlining key points that dependents living abroad should have in mind. For more information, please feel free to contact our tax consultants. Download PDF

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“Maxacalcitol” Manufacturing Process Patent Case

“Maxacalcitol” Manufacturing Process Patent Case Subject: equivalent infringement This case is a groundbreaking infringement case with regard to the doctrine of equivalents (DOE) in Japan. Here, the originator of “Maxacalcitol” (plaintiff) filed a patent infringement suit against several generic manufacturers (defendants) and the decision was…

New articles in our Info Center

On June 11th, 2016 Japan’s accession to the International Patent Law Treaty will take effect. Various changes in the Japanese Patent Law related to Japan joining the treaty have recently come into force, of which we are providing an overview in this article. Further, we…

Sonderhoff & Einsel News Update, December 2015

Please find below a news update of our IP and Law practice groups. In this issue, we are covering a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the extension of patent terms for pharmaceutical products and the potential impact of changes to the Worker’s Dispatch Law on companies….

Decision by the Supreme Court of Japan, Apple vs. Individual Inventor

On September 9th, 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan affirmed the lower courts’ decisions in an infringement case regarding a click-wheel on Apple’s “iPod” product. For more information about this key decision, please see the downloadable news update.   Download >