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Monday, November 06, 2006

Report on Patent Attorney System

On November 3, 2006, the Patent Attorney System Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Industrial Structure Council, released a draft report, and asked for public comments by December 2 thereon.

The points listed in the report are;
1. Training programs for patent attorneys;
2. Qualifying examination;
3. Scope of services stipulated in the patent attorneys law;
3.1 Foreign application related services;
3.2 Expansions of designated unfair competition related services;
3.3 Power of independent representation in infringement cases;
3.4 Power of representation in border measures;
4. Disciplinary punishment;
5. Roles of paralegal in patent law firms;
6. Disclosures of patent attorneys' information;
7. Structure of patent law firms;
8. Miscellaneous points;
8.1 Compulsory enrollment in the Japan Patent Attorneys Association;
8.2 Spin-off of intellectual property departments;
8.3 Conflict of interest.

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