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Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

Intellectual Property Law

With respect to patents, utility models, designs, trademarks and other intellectual property, the attorneys of Iwata Godo are experienced in dealing with such procedures as litigation and provisional injunctions against infringements, litigation with regard to employee invention, trials for invalidation of IP rights and actions seeking rescission of trial decisions and rulings. Recently, in cooperation with a foreign local law firm, we assisted a client in a patent infringement lawsuit in a foreign country in its efforts to resolve the dispute.

We also advise and assist in the drafting and negotiation of contracts in transactions related to intellectual property, such as joint research and development projects and licence agreements. In addition, we advise on copyright issues for clients in businesses in which appropriate settlement of copyrights is of significant importance, including distribution of movies, music and e-books.

We provide IP-related services to clients in many industries, including precision machinery, electronic equipment, energy, IT, and various entertainment businesses, including publishing and character design. In our IP practice, we collaborate closely with patent attorneys and are well prepared to deal with cases in which specialized technical knowledge is required.

Information Technology Law

Rapid expansion of the use and application of information technology (IT) in recent years has made it essential in 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, leveraging our expertise and technical knowledge of IT. We also advise on IT-related contracts such as system development contracts and such IT related laws as the Telecommunications Business Law and the Provider Liability Law, and represent clients in litigation and other procedures if and when disputes arise.

Publications Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

  • 2022.04

    Adachi Makoto's commentary on METI and MIC's "Guidebook Version 3.0" on privacy and other issues in business use of visual images from cameras is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    ADACHI Makoto 
  • 2022.03

    Kudo Ryohei and Ito Nanako co-authored "Disclosures for Investment in Intellectual Property" in the May issue of Business Houmu (Chuokeizaisha).

    Author:
    KUDO Ryohei  ITO Nanako 
  • 2022.03

    Sekiguchi Akimasa's commentary on the 15th Meeting of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Committee of METI's Industrial Structure Council, with discussion of burden of proof in the unfair acquisition of trade secrets, is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    SEKIGUCHI Akimasa 
  • 2022.01

    Matsuda Akira, Fukatsu Haruno, and Anzai Kazuto co-authored "Artificial Intelligence 2021" in Lexology.

  • 2021.11

    Kudo Ryohei's commentary "Osaka District Court Finds Corporate Directors Liable for Patent Infringement under Companies Act Art. 429, Par. 1" is available on the Shoji Homu Portal Site.

    Author:
    KUDO Ryohei 

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

  • 2022.01

    Ito Hiroki and Kudo Ryohei conducted a seminar "Venture Capital and Business Alliances: Intellectual Property Strategies and Risks", sponsored by Business & Law LLC.

    Speaker: ITO Hiroki  KUDO Ryohei 

  • 2022.01

    Saito Hiroki conducted an online seminar "Practical Response to Ransomware Attacks - from the Perspectives of the Law Firm and the Digital Forensics Expert" jointly with Fronteo Inc. Video of this seminar is currently distributed online.

    Speaker: SAITO Hiroki 

  • 2021.11

    Kudo Ryohei delivered a poster presentation titled "Comparison of cell-free DNA release mechanism between normal cells and tumor cells using in vitro model" at the General Assembly of the Medical Congress of the Tokyo Medical University.

    Speaker: KUDO Ryohei 

  • 2021.09

    Fujiwara Hiroki, Kudo Ryohei, and Saito Hiroki conducted a seminar titled "Labor Management and Information Security Measures during Telework" at Tokyo Hosen-Kai.

  • 2021.09

    Matsuda Akira served as a panelist at a panel discussion titled "Ethics and Consent: Marketing and an Ethical Use of Data" of the webiar "Ethics and Consent: Marketing and an Ethical Use of Data" which was hosted by PrivSec Globa and held on September 22, 2021.

    Speaker: MATSUDA Akira 

News Related to Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law

  • 2021.08

    Matsuda Akira's comment on the amendment to the Act on the Protection of Personal Information in 2022 appears in the article (dated August 9, 2021) titled "Japan revised guidelines tighten data security" of 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.

  • 2020.06

    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.

  • 2020.03

    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.

  • 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.

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