Greetings

We are pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of Japan, the Intellectual Property High Court, the Ministry of Justice, the Japan Patent Office, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, and the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan will co-host the “Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property / TOKYO 2022 (JSIP2022) – IP Dispute Resolution in Japan, the United States, and Europe – .”

This, the sixth Symposium, will be participated in by judges, attorneys and administrative patent judges from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Patent Office. The Symposium will be held in person, with infection prevention and control measures for COVID-19. In addition, the Symposium will be live-streamed on the Internet.

The Intellectual Property High Court will be in charge of the first day’s program, which will include panel discussions on the themes of “International Comparison of Joint Patent Infringement “ and “Diversification of Proceedings in Civil Dispute Resolution and Current Challenges,” featuring judges active in the IP field from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany as panelists.
Prior to the panel discussion, as to the theme of the “International Comparison of Joint Patent Infringement,” Japanese judges and lawyers will conduct a mock trial to introduce proceedings in Japan based on a mock case involving joint patent infringement as a main issue. In the panel discussion, we would like to deepen mutual understanding by comparing the frameworks for determining joint patent infringement in the participating countries, using the same mock case.
In the panel discussion on “Diversification of Proceedings in Civil Dispute Resolution and Current Challenges,” the panelists will introduce the latest and actual situations of proceedings in civil dispute resolution in their respective countries, and exchange opinions

We are confident that this Symposium will offer a valuable opportunity not only for lawyers and patent attorneys involved in IP litigation, but also for people in industry and researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the judicial system with regard to intellectual property and other fields in Japan by learning about the latest information on IP judicature in Japan, the United States, and Europe and the actual situations of the proceedings in civil dispute resolution in recent years. OTAKA Ichiro
Chief Judge
Intellectual Property High Court

On behalf of the Ministry of Justice of Japan, I am delighted to co-host the Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property / Tokyo 2022.

This Symposium is co-hosted by the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Intellectual Property High Court, the Japan Patent Office, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, and the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan, and overseas law practitioners are invited to participate. It has been held annually since 2017 with the aim of deepening mutual understanding of judicial systems for intellectual property in the participating countries, including Japan, and strengthening international cooperation in the field of intellectual property.

The theme of the Symposium this year is "IP Dispute Resolution in Japan, the United States, and Europe." We have invited experienced practitioners with a high level of knowledge in the field of IP who work at the three relevant organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, and the European Patent Office. In this Symposium, the overseas practitioners and Japanese practitioners will give lectures, hold a mock trial and participate in panel discussions on cases related to patent infringement.

In June, the government of Japan approved the "Intellectual Property Promotion Plan for 2022", which focuses on measures for strengthening international collaboration in resolving intellectual property disputes and for providing information on IP dispute resolution to private enterprises.

I expect that the Symposium will contribute not only to further development of the field of intellectual property in the participating countries, including Japan, but also to strengthening international cooperation, which is essential to promote the "rule of law" in the IP field.

Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who have provided support for this Symposium. TAKASHIMA Norimitsu
Vice-Minister of Justice

I am pleased to announce that the “Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property / TOKYO 2022” will be held in Tokyo, Japan, for which judges and administrative patent judges will also be invited from the United States and Europe.

Society has changed dramatically due to the global spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). With the rapid development of IT technology, new lifestyles such as teleworking are starting to bear fruit. Within this environment, there are growing expectations for innovation to help solve social issues as we strive to create this new society of the future. And as global business and R&D activities are increasing, the protection and utilization of intellectual property (IP)—which is the core of innovation—are not confined to a single country; and neither are related IP disputes.

We have invited experts who are active in the forefront of the IP judicial systems in Japan, the U.S. and Europe to directly introduce the latest information on their respective trial and appeal systems and IP judicial systems. The utilization of IP after obtaining rights is particularly important for promoting innovation in order to solve social issues. However, since both the means for resolving disputes after obtaining rights, as well as the related systems and operations, differ in each individual country and region, this symposium will focus on the operations and systems in each country after obtaining rights. We hope that by elucidating the systems and operations in each country, as well as the differences between them, we can improve predictability—and reduce the burden on users—with regard to IP-related disputes.

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will be in charge of this program, which will include a lecture on the latest trends in trials and appeals in Japan, the U.S., and Europe, as well as a panel discussion on the system of trial for patent invalidation. During the panel discussion, panelists will discuss the differences in operation and ways of thinking regarding the correction requirements for numerical ranges in each country. We will utililze a case involving inventions limited by numerical ranges, which have been increasing within opposition and invalidation cases during recent years.

We hope that this symposium will provide participants with an opportunity to facilitate a deeper understanding of the trial and appeal systems and the IP judicial systems in Europe, the U.S. and Japan.

We are greatly looking forward to welcoming guests and representatives to the symposium. HAMANO Koichi
Commissioner
Japan Patent Office

As a member of one of the hosting organizations, I am pleased to announce that the “Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property” will be held again this year. This will be the sixth symposium and it offers a valuable opportunity to deepen our knowledge of judicial decisions on international IP disputes and recent IP topics through mock trials and discussions by inviting legal practitioners and government officials who are active on the frontlines of IP judiciary in their respective countries.
This year’s theme will be “Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes in Japan, the United States, and Europe.” In light of the current circumstances, the Symposium will be held both online and at physical locations where thorough precautions will be taken against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Still, I am certain that this conference will be a valuable opportunity for the participants.
In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many countries and regions are going digital and online. This year’s conference will also provide a valuable opportunity to obtain information on efforts to manage trials and judgments in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, with the advancement of digitization and online access on a global scale, understanding each other’s legal systems is gaining more importance in order to support the resolution of legal disputes over intellectual property across national borders. I hope that this Symposium will serve as a forum for such mutual understanding.
One of the uppermost important tasks of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations is creating a civil justice system that is user-friendly and dependable. We will not relent and will continue to carry out activities required to support citizens and businesses.
I hope that this Symposium will provide an opportunity to share the efforts of legal institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and to deepen mutual understanding of the legal systems surrounding intellectual property of the participating countries. KOBAYASHI Motoji
President
Japan Federation of Bar Associations

In consideration of the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the “Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property / TOKYO 2022” (JSIP2022) will be convened in person and in a web conference format, bringing together intellectual property experts from the U.S, the UK, Germany, EPO and Japan including judges, lawyers and appeal examiners. We feel truly honored to be able to play a role in convening this Symposium.

Certainly, the web conference format under the new lifestyle will be helpful for the management of trials and judgments under the influence of COVID-19, as was the case last year.

The Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan (“IPLNET”) was established in April 2005 at the same time as the Intellectual Property High Court, by a project of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations with the aim of enhancing the development of the legal system and legal services in the field of intellectual property. Since then, IPLNET has engaged in various activities including international symposiums.

We keenly sense the need to explore the ideal state for the swift and appropriate resolution of cross-border intellectual property disputes, and to this end, have up until now organized and participated in international symposiums. Last year, the “Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property/ TOKYO 2021” (JSIP2021) brought together judges, appeal examiners, and lawyers who are experts in intellectual property from India, the Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, and ASEAN countries as well as Japan. The theme for this year is, “Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes in Japan, the United States, and Europe.” I am confident that this Symposium will be highly instructive and of great interest for each and every participant.

I sincerely hope that the results of this Symposium will be put to good use in judicial and trial proceedings conducted under the adverse circumstances of COVID-19. SUEYOSHI Wataru
President
Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan