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Participation in U.S./Japan Symposium at CAFC

On May 13, 2016,Chief Judge Ryuichi Shitara of the IP High Court participated in the U.S./Japan Symposium hosted by Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court and Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Chief Judge Shitara together with former Chief Judge Toshiaki Iimura of the IP High Court, Chief Judge Sharon Prost and Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the CAFC, and attorneys Eiji Katayama and Miki Goto participated in a session entitled “Views from the Appellate Perspective” moderated by attorney Harold C. Wegner. In the session, former Chief Judge Iimura gave a speech about the characteristics of IP litigations in Japan. Chief Judge Shitara then gave a speech about brief introductions of the Apple v. Samsung Grand Panel judgment and detailed introductions of the“Maxacalcitol”Grand Panel judgment, which was recognized as infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, as recent IP High Court’s Grand Panel judgments. Chief Judge Prost, Circuit Judge O’Malley, attorney Katayama, and attorney Goto made comments under the moderation of attorney Wegner, with an active question and answer back-and-forth between the two speakers, former Chief Judge Iimura and Chief Judge Shitara.

In the next evening, the Japanese delegates, including Chief Judge Shiatara, participated in the 16th Annual Dinner hosted by Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, at the Supreme Court of the United States. The reception and dinner party were also a place to celebrate the establishment of a sister relationship between the Tokyo IP Inn and Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, where the two sides deepened their relationship, with over 300 American participants in the massive affair.