Search Results for: Mutsumi Fukuoka


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Aug 2019

New Graphical User Interface (GUI) Protection in Japan

By Mutsumi Fukuoka 繁體中文 With the rapid spread of portable devices such as smartphones and tablet terminals in recent years, new protections are needed in Japan for user interface designs and functionality. In 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) revised the Design Examination Guidelines to clarify that the Design Act protects displayed images necessary for performing functions of articles (corresponding to “manufactured articles” set forth…

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Jun 2019

New Graphical User Interface (GUI) Protection in Japan

By Mutsumi Fukuoka 繁體中文 Under Japanese law, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are traditionally protected by the Patent Act in the same manner as other technologies.  For example, published Japanese Patent Application No. 2019-050004, assigned to Apple, Inc., discloses an electronic device that displays a special user interface.  In thisapplication, the special user interface displays different interface layers depending on different touch inputs to a touchscreen….

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Aug 2018

2018 Annual Statistics Report by the Japan Patent Office

By: Mutsumi Fukuoka On July 30, 2018, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) released its “2018 Annual Report” (in Japanese only). The 2018 Annual Report provides a comprehensive compilation of statistics on intellectual property (IP).  In this article, we will update our newsletter of July 2017 by highlighting some of the important features of patent statistics from the JPO Annual Report 2018. PCT International Applications Continue…

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Jun 2018

The Significance of “Could” vs. “Would” When Assessing Obviousness Rejections

By: Zachary Schaefer, Francesca Giovannini, Han-Mei Tso, and Mutsumi Fukuoka USPTO PERSPECTIVE United States patent law does not allow the patenting of an invention if the differences between the claimed invention and the prior art are such that the claimed invention as a whole would have been obvious before the effective filing date of the claimed invention to a person having ordinary skill in the…

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Jun 2018

JPO Published Guidance of Examination of IoT Technology

By: Mutsumi Fukuoka On June 15, 2018, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) published Guidance of Examination of IoT (Internet of Things) technology on their website. Although patent applications related to IoT technology have been examined according to the existing Examination guidelines without issues, the Guidance was prepared because development and practical implementation of IoT technology has been rapidly increasing in Japan in recent years. The…

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Oct 2017

JPO Entrusted AI Business For Trademark Applications to FRONTEO

By: Mutsumi Fukuoka Since 2016, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) has been considering using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the examination of patent, design, and trademark applications.  In April of 2017, the JPO announced “Action Plan for Utilization of AI Technology” (available in Japanese here) in April 2017. As part of this Plan, the JPO will perform the following tasks: (1) make a list of the…

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