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Visit to IP law firms in the U.S.

On April 24 and 25, 2017, Chief Judge Misao Shimizu visited Covington & Burling LLP, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Westerman Hattori Daniels & Adrian LLP. At each office, Chief Judge Shimizu was briefed on the ongoing situation regarding the USPTO’s trial procedures for patent invalidation after the revision of the Patent Act and its relationship to the defense of invalidity in patent infringement lawsuits. Chief Judge Shimizu explained the IP High Court’s practice regarding the defense of invalidity in patent infringement lawsuits and the JPO’s decisions on trials for invalidation.

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