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Visit by Delegation from AIPLA

On April 10, 2019, a delegation from the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) visited the IP High Court and held a discussion session with the judges of the IP High Court and the Intellectual Property Division of the Tokyo District Court. Established in 1897, AIPLA is an organization consisting of approximately 14,000 legal professionals who mainly practice IP law. This was the 30th session between Japanese Courts and AIPLA.
The session began with opening remarks by Chief Judge Makiko Takabe and Mr. Sheldon Klein, the President of AIPLA. Then, Mr. John Johnson and Ms. Daphne Lainson from AIPLA respectively gave presentations on “Discussion on Two Supreme Court Patent Cases” and “Recent US Case Law Addressing the Patentability of Pharmaceutical Inventions.”
From the IP High Court, Chief Judge Takabe and Judge Kenichi Furukawa respectively delivered presentations titled “Collection of evidence in Japan” (PDF7035KB) and “Passing off” (PDF4869KB).
Following these presentations, the judges and AIPLA delegates exchanged opinions on various issues including the impact of the introduction of the inter partes review (IPR) on the practice of patent infringement litigation in the United States; and the practice of collection of evidence in Japan, etc.

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