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.