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Chief Judge's Greeting

Chief Judge of the IP High Court Makiko Takabe

Career summary

April 1979 Appointed as a legal apprentice (33th term)
April 1981 Assistant Judge, Toyama District Court
April 1984 Assistant Judge, Tokyo District Court
April 1987 Assistant Judge, Chiba District/Family Court, Matsudo Branch
April 1990 Assistant Judge, Takamatsu District/Family Court
April 1991 Judge, Takamatsu District/Family Court
April 1994 Judge, Tokyo District Court (Intellectual Property Division)
April 1998 Judicial Research Official, Supreme Court
April 2003 Presiding Judge, Tokyo District Court (Intellectual Property Division until March 2007)
April 2009 Judge, Intellectual Property High Court
April 2013 Chief of Branch, Yokohama District/Family Court, Kawasaki Branch
May 2014 Chief Judge, Fukui District/Family Court
June 2015 Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property High Court
May 2018 Chief Judge, Intellectual Property High Court

Inaugural Remarks

I have been appointed to the office of the 7th Chief Judge of the Intellectual Property High Court as of May 5, 2018.

The Intellectual Property High Court was established in 2005 as a high court specialized in IP-related litigation.

IP-related litigation has become more complex and difficult with the rapid development of technology. In light of this, we will strive to resolve individual cases appropriately and promptly by utilizing expert knowledge, and render judgements that are convincing for the parties of the case and that provide guidelines for corporate activities.

In addition, the globalization of business activities has caused an increase in the number of cross-border IP-related disputes. The number of overseas visitors to the Intellectual Property High Court is increasing every year, and we have succeeded in boosting active international communication. Following the first international symposium held by the Court in the fall of 2017, we will hold the Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property / TOKYO 2018 in October 2018 in the presence of overseas judges and attorneys. In this symposium, mock trials and panel discussions are scheduled to be conducted, and through these we are intending to disseminate information on and promote activities of the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan.

In order to respond to changes in social conditions and to evolve with the new era, we will make our utmost efforts to conduct more substantial proceedings. Furthermore, the Intellectual Property High Court has committed itself to becoming a court that is trusted both in Japan and worldwide.

We appreciate your continued support going forward.

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