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Participation in the 2018 International IP Court Conference in the Republic of Korea

On October 17 and 18, 2018, Presiding Judge Toshihiko Tsuruoka and Judge Daisuke Kumagai of the IP High Court participated in the 2018 International IP Court Conference held at the Patent Court of Korea in Daejeon.
The Conference has been hosted annually by the Patent Court of Korea since 2015. This year, judges, attorneys and patent attorneys practicing intellectual property law in South Korea, the United States, Germany, China, Thailand, India and Japan participated in a total of six sessions over two days on the following four topics: “Recent Trends in Global IP Trials,” “Protecting Inventions by Patent,” “Protecting Technical Information as Trade Secret,” and “Protecting Product Shapes as Design and Trade Dress.” Participants reported on and discussed the situation in their countries and exchanged opinions on those topics.
Presiding Judge Tsuruoka participated as a speaker in the sessions on “Recent Trends in Global IP Trials” and “Protecting Inventions by Patent.” He made a presentation about Japanese IP lawsuits systems and relevant statistics in session 1 held at October 17. In the other 2 sessions, Presiding Judge Tsuruoka introduced the latest discussions regarding description requirements and related decisions in Japan, and then exchanged opinions with judges and practitioners from other countries on the legal issues in the area of patent law.
Judge Kumagai participated as a speaker in the sessions on “Protecting Technical Information as Trade Secret” and “Protecting Product Shapes as Design and Trade Dress.” He introduced the latest discussions and legislative trends regarding protection of trade secrets, product design and trade dress in Japan, and exchanged opinions with judges and practitioners from other countries.

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