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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Informal Gathering on Patent Strategy

On July 20, 2006, the first informal meeting on patent strategy was held under the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

This meeting is aimed at up-grading the annual intellectual Property Strategic Program, by incorporating opinions from the business communities. Following seven business leaders were invited.

Mr. Nomaguchi (Chairman of board of Mitsubishi Electric, Chairman of IP Committee of Japan Federation of Economic Organizations)
Mr. Bada (CEO of JFE Steel)
Mr. Yoshida (CEO of JSR)
Mr, Yoshino (CEO of Honda, Chairman of Japan Intellectual Property Association)
Mr. Nanbu (CEO of Nabel)
Mr. Nemoto (CEO of Nemoto)
Ms. Shimosaka (Patent Attorney, Member of Strategic Council on Intellectual Property)

Here is some of their interesting comments.
(Bada)
The number of patent filing has been decreased by 20 %, due to the merger in 2003.
Technology drain to overseas competitors though retirees is serious concern.
(Yoshino)
Honda is currently suing on more than 100 IP infringement cases. IPR defense abroad is one of the biggest challenges.
Know-how management is no less important, because the state of the art know-how is indispensable for offshore production.

The summary of their comments is available in Japanese.

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