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
Okushi Kenichi, Matsuda Akira and Matsubara Takahiro authored an article titled "Current Status and Issues of Digital Platformer Regulations in Recent Years - Focusing on Notable Foreign Regulations and Domestic Competition Laws and Regulations" which appears in September 2020 issue of Chizaikanri.
Saito Hiroki's commentary titled "The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Revises the 'Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading' " is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.
- SAITO Hiroki
Sekiguchi Akimasa's commentary titled "The Japan Patent Office Releases its Revised Interview Guidelines for Trademark Examination" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.
- SEKIGUCHI Akimasa
Eiguchi Manabu and Kudo Ryohei contributed to as editors and authors, and Saito Hiroki, Yamana Junichi, Suzuki Misato, Sekiguchi Akimasa, Fujita Hiroki, Ebihara Shunsuke and Adachi Makoto authored, the publication entitled “Q&A: Complexity and Business Practice of the Anti-Monopoly Act and Intellectual Property Rights; Guidance for Achieving Compliance by Understanding from Basics to Applications,” which was published by Nihon Kajo Publishing Co., Ltd.
Sato Shuji's commentary titled "The Supreme Court of Japan Renders Decision that Retweeting on Twitter Infringes the Right of Attribution under the Copyright Act under Certain Cases" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.
- SATO Shuji
Lectures, Seminars and Conferences Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law
Matsuda Akira will participate as a panelist at a panel discussion titled "The Practical Impact of the Decision Made by the Court of Justice of the European Union Invalidating the U.S.-European Privacy Shield (from the Perspective of non-U.S.-European Jurisdictions)” to be held at the webinar “Schrems II: The impact on data recipients outside the US” by Privacy Rules on Tuesday, August 6, 2020. You can register for participation by the website below.
Akira Matsuda presented and delivered a lecture at the webinar "E-Conference on Data Breach Management" hosted by Zhong Lun Law Firm and powered by Privacy Rules.
Matsuda Akira participated as a panelist at a panel discussion titled "Privacy at the heart of your data monetization strategy" at Data Business Congress in San Jose, U.S.A.
Matsuda Akira delivered a lecture titled "Current Issues in Cross-Border Transactions: Pointers & Pitfalls" with Mr. Mahesh Rai of Drew & Napier LLC at the seminar that was jointly organized with Drew & Napier LLC,a leading law firm in Singapore, at a conference room of Iwata Godo. We sincerely thank many people for their attendance.
Matsuda Akira participated as a panelist at a seminar titled "Global Privacy Compliance Seminar" at the annual meeting of Privacy Rules organized by McMillan LLP in Canada .
News Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law
Matsuda Akira's comment is introduced in Global Data Review.
Matsuda Akira's comment regarding 2020 Amendment of the Personal Information Protection Act appeared in the article titled "Japan's privacy amendments finalised" (dated June 17, 2020) at Global Data Review.
Matsuda Akira's comment is introduced in Global Data Review.
Matsuda Akira's comment regarding 2020 Amendment of the Personal Information Protection Act appeared in the article titled "Japan tightens data protection rules" (dated March 16, 2020) at Global Data Review.
Kudo Ryohei became the Amicus Brief Standing Committee Member of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
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.
Okushi Kenichi is appointed as a Secretary of Real Estate Tech Association for Japan.
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