News : 2017

May 1, 2017Firm News
Daniel S. Potts, admitted to the Washington Bar, has joined the Firm.
April 15, 2017Publications
Yuichi Tamura wrote an article entitled "Revision of Examination Guideline for Trademarks" on NBL No. 1096 (April 15, 2017).
April 1, 2017Firm News
Yuichi Tamura, admitted in 2010, has joined the Firm.
April 1, 2017Firm News
Masaaki Sawano assumed the offices of the President of Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Vice-President of Japan Federation of Bar Associations for fiscal year 2017.
March 30, 2017Publications
Izuru Goto wrote an article entitled "Analysis on Transactions between Trustee Assets and Trust Assets" appeared in Trust Forum (issued on March 30, 2017, Vol. 7).
March 30, 2017Publications
Takashi Saito wrote an article entitled "Fiduciary duty in case of solicitation and sales of investment trusts – based on the draft of the "Principles concerning the Operation of Fiduciary Duty" (kokyaku hon-i no gyoumu unei ni kansuru gensoku) released by Financial Services Agency" appeared in the Trust Forum (issued on March 30, 2017, Vol. 7).
March 24, 2017Firm News
Our firm has represented Chugai Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd in a lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers seeking permanent injunction based on infringement of Chugai’s manufacturing process patent, in which Tokyo District Court and IP High Court (Grand panel) both already rendered judgements finding infringement of the patent under the doctrine of equivalents. The generic drug manufacturers filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking to take an appeal. On March 8, 2017 Supreme Court, the 2nd Bench, issued a decision to take the appeal on the legal issue of doctrine of equivalents and on March 24, 2017 Supreme Court, the 2nd Bench, rendered the judgement dismissing the generic drug manufacturers’ appeal. Thereby, the victory of Chugai in the patent infringement lawsuit has become final. The Supreme Court indicated in the judgement positive attitude toward protection of patented inventions under the Patent Law.
March 13, 2017Publications
Mikio Tanaka wrote an article titled „Verschärfter Datenschutz“ on the substantial amendment to the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, which appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of JAPANMARKT, published by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
March 6, 2017Events
Haruyuki Hirata gave lectures on the Act on Protection of Private Information at a seminar held by The Life Insurance Association of Japan.
January 1, 2017Firm News
Seven attorneys newly admitted, Shintaro Isono, Tomoko Inoue, Risako Suzuki, Yuki Takahashi, Shoya Tanaka, Tomotaka Himori and Mikiya Yuasa, have joined the Firm.
January 1, 2017Firm News
Takahiko Ohta, Yuji Kondo, Yukinori Sasaki, and Yohei Harima have been promoted to Partners of the Firm.

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