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Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

Intellectual Property Law

In the areas concerning the intellectual property right such as the patent right, the utility model right, the design right, the trademark right and the copyright, the attorneys of Iwata Godo are experienced in dealing with such procedures as the litigation and provisional disposition against infringements thereof, litigation with regard to employee invention, trial for invalidation of such right and action seeking rescission of the trial decision or ruling. Recently, in cooperation with a foreign local law firm, we have assisted a client that found itself involved in a patent infringement litigation case filed in a foreign country in its efforts to resolve the dispute.

We are also involved in transactions related to the intellectual property right such as joint research and development projects and licence agreements through various means such as providing advice, attending to contract negotiations and drafting contracts. In addition, we offer advice on handling of copyright related issues for clients starting business in areas to which appropriate settlement of copyrights is of significant importance (ex. movie and music distribution business, e-book distribution business etc.)

Subject business areas of such services vary from industries related to precision machinery, electronic equipment, energy and IT where technical knowledge is important to entertainment business including movie and music, publication, e-book and character design. Having close cooperation with a patent attorney, we are well prepared to deal with cases for which specialized technical knowledge is required, as well.

Information Technology Law

Rapid expansion of utilization and/or application of information technology (IT) in recent years made it essential in pursuance of corporate business activities and the surrounding legal environment is gradually changing as well.

Iwata Godo offers legal advice on IT related issues relevant to the business practice of the client, based upon our expertise and technical knowledge on IT. We also offer legal advice on such IT related laws and contracts such as the Telecommunications Business Law, the so-called Provider Liability Law and system development contracts and represent clients in litigation and other procedures if and when disputes arise.

Bankruptcy Law and Corporate Reorganization/Rehabilitation Law

Iwata Godo provides corporations that need rehabilitation of their respective business with advice and proposals on various rehabilitation measures. In case where statutory procedures such as corporate reorganization or civil rehabilitation are required for the purpose, we represent our clients in filing and following proceedings. For example, we have represented listed companies in filing of corporate reorganization procedures as well as civil rehabilitation procedures in recent years. We are also well experienced in pre-packaged business rehabilitation cases that utilize means such as business assignment, corporate separation, so-called DIP finance, debt-equity swap and so on. Further, we have experiences in all sorts of insolvency related procedures including filings for bankruptcy and special liquidation as well as being appointed as trustees in various procedures and standing representative.

On the other hand, Iwata Godo, advising and counselling large numbers of financial institutions, is often requested to provide legal services advising and representing the creditor in cases of insolvency of various magnitudes. Legal services we offer in order to protect interests of the creditor include mobilization of all sorts of prompt and flexible measures covering all the areas and aspects of debt collection from (i) negotiation with the debtor and preservation measures preceding the bankruptcy proceedings, (ii) filing of bankruptcy of the debtor from creditor’s side, (iii) filing of petition for bankruptcy claim assessment to (iv) negotiation and cooperation with bankruptcy trustees and supervisors in the course of the bankruptcy proceedings. We are increasingly involved in providing legal assistance in various business rehabilitation cases that utilize such means and/or systems as the Guidelines for Out-of-Court Work-outs, the Turnaround ADR and the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation, mainly on behalf of the client financial institutions, through development and legal examination of business rehabilitation schemes.

Publications Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

  • 2019.09

    Kudo Ryohei's commentary titled "The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Publishes Summary of Experts' Study Group Meetings on Digital Governance" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    KUDO Ryohei 
  • 2019.08

    Kudo Ryohei contributed to consideration/writing of the commentary titled "AIPPI Japan's Opinions on Agenda for AIPPI World Congress 2019 -- Agenda "Copyright": Copyright to Products of Artificial Intelligence" which appears in AIPPI Monthly Journal (AIPPI Vol. 64 No. 7).

    Author:
    KUDO Ryohei 
  • 2019.07

    Sekiguchi Akimasa's commentary titled "Application of 'Contract Guidance on Utilization of AI and Data' formulated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    SEKIGUCHI Akimasa 
  • 2019.06

    Matsuda Akira, Kudo Ryohei co-authored the Japan chapter of "Global Legal Insights(AI, Machine Learning & Big Data(2019))."

  • 2019.05

    Karasawa Akira's commentary titled "METI, JFTC and MIC Publish Options for Establishment of Rules regarding Digital Platform Operators" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    KARASAWA Akira 

Lectures, Seminars and Conferences Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

  • 2019.09

    Kudo Ryohei delivered a lecture titled "Seminar on Trademarks in China and Japan - with Chinese Trademark Attorney" at Nihonbashi Life Science Hub.

    Speaker: KUDO Ryohei 

  • 2019.04

    Matsuda Akira participated as a speaker in a webinar on regulations for cross-border transfer of personal data under the Privacy Rules.

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

  • 2019.04

    Matsuda Akira delivered a lecture titled "Japan's Data Protection Regime: The Way of the Future?" at an Asian conference on the Privacy Rules in Beijing (hosted by Zhong Lun Law Firm).

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

  • 2019.01

    Okushi Kenichi delivered a lecture titled "Crowd Funding using Scheme of the Act on Specified Joint Real Estate Ventures - Scheme Overview and Public Comment Draft" in the 1st Workshop of Real Estate Financing Working Group hosted by Real Estate Tech Association for Japan.

    Speaker: OKUSHI Kenichi 

  • 2018.10

    Matsuda Akira delivered a lecture titled "EU and JAPAN - World's Largest Free Trade of Information" at an organization meeting of Privacy Rules in London.

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

News Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

  • 2019.08

    Kudo Ryohei became the Amicus Brief Standing Committee Member of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

  • 2019.08

    Matsuda Akira's comment was introduced in the article of the Nikkei.

    Matsuda Akira's comment was introduced in the article titled "Anti-cartel Rules Target Japanese Corporations" on Page 11 of the morning edition of the Nikkei dated August 12, 2019.

  • 2019.04

    Okushi Kenichi is appointed as a Secretary of Real Estate Tech Association for Japan.

  • 2018.10

    Matsuda Akira's comment was introduced in the article of the Nikkei.

    Matsuda Akira's comment was introduced in the article entitled "Lenient Data Management by Google, a Major IT Company, is Revealed - Possibility of Information Leakage of up to 500,000 People -" on the page 2 of the morning edition of the Nikkei dated October 10, 2018.

  • 2018.09

    Matsuda Akira is listed by Global Data Review in "40 under 40 2018," which represents the best lawyers under the age of 40 in the area of data protection.

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