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MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 !

 

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Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year !!

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JOYEUX NOEL ET BONNE ANNEE 2017 !

良いお年をお迎え下さい。

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Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

Shinnen Akemasite Omedetou Gozaimasu (GBMC)

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We wish you a Happy End of the Year Holiday and we are looking forward to keeping in touch, working, engaging or exchanging with you again next year !
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In 2017, please feel free to contact us, as well as to follow us on our Blog (www.gbmc-blog.biz) or to check regularly our website (www.gbmc.biz) for updates.
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The GBMC Team
Europe-Japan Business Consultants
GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting)
Paris, France

IP protection in Japan: “to submit or not to submit a patent, that’s the question”

Par Metiipr — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons)https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48284951

Par Metiipr — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons)https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48284951

 

“The filing budgets of many international companies have been reduced since the financial crisis in 2008, and a proportionately greater share of these financial resources is now being allocated to protecting innovations against infringements taking place in China.

The question of where to submit a patent depends on the size of the market, the presence of competitors and the existence of manufacturing bases.

With most manufacturing now being done in China, European companies are more motivated to first submit there, says Ayato Susaki, chief consultant and group leader of the Innovation and Industrial Strategy Group for the Science and Safety Policy Research Division at Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo.

“It also makes sense to submit patents in jurisdictions with many pirated goods, in order to protect against [pirating],” he says.

Felix R. Einsel of Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office in Tokyo is a patent attorney with a licence to jointly litigate cases with other attorneys at law in Japan. He points to inadequacies with the court system in Japan as one of the main reasons those European companies that file frequently in Europe choose not to do so in Japan.

IP protection is supposed to be enforced when an infringement occurs, as lawsuits can be filed with the possibility of damages being awarded by the courts. But in Japan, damages are relatively low, sometimes making court cases little more than a costly exercise.

In Germany, on the other hand, the party that loses the case is required to pay the legal fees of the winning party. Doing so ensures that the patent owner can recover any damages in a true sense.

In Japan, patent infringement cases normally cost between ¥20 million (€162,000) and ¥40 million (€325,000), and each party pays their own legal fees.

Japanese companies also often prefer to reach a settlement before going to court. Einsel highlights the cultural aspects of such a move, especially since companies that sue each other may have a working relationship in other fields that are just as important to them.”     (Source: EUROBIZ News)

 

So, unless the IP court system is improved  and more effective (in a “kaizen” approach), is it really worth going to court for a patent row in Japan, the land of the “consensus”? What is your experience or opinion?

Read more from:

http://eurobiz.jp/feature/better-courts-better-protection/

 


Brexit: relocate to and invest in Paris and Brussels areas!!

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UK

EU

EU

 

Well, as you know, the British people have decided to leave the EU-28! So be it.

What will be the new (trade/financial) relations between UK and the EU-27 is still unclear but we already know that some banks, multinationals and investors (some of them being Japanese) will/might relocate or move part of their activities to Paris, Frankfurt or other EU cities (like Brussels). For example, HSBC bank announced its plan to shift 1000 jobs to Paris. JP Morgan will also move thousands of jobs to continental Europe.

So, it is the right  timing now to review the “Top 10 reasons to invest in Paris area”:

http://parisregionentreprises.org/en/about-paris-region/top-10-reasons-invest-paris-region

as well as the “9 Good reasons to invest in Belgium”:

9 Good reasons to invest in Belgium

Also check our previous post on this Blog:

https://gbmc-blog.biz/2016/05/09/eu-exit-would-make-uk-less-attractive-to-investors-says-japans-pm/

as well as our own (home-made) “European Countries Profile Handbook series”:

http://www.gbmc.biz/countries-handbook–report-.html

 

So what is your company waiting for? What do you think?

 


French Tech Tokyo : a bridge to the new “Start up Republic”?

La French Tech (source maddyness)

La French Tech (source – Maddyness)

“In recent years, the French startup ecosystem has enjoyed incredible momentum, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and many other talented individuals. France has been called a new “Startup Republic”, dotted with thriving hubs and talent that are vehicles for a robust entrepreneurial mindset. 

This domestic momentum has a name – “French Tech” – and French startups are rallying around this emblematic moniker. The ecosystem is developing very quickly and there is no doubt that France has now reached a tipping point. 

This can be easily seen in Paris with its numerous innovation stakeholders, and where a strong political will acts as a driving force. The city is quite simply bubbling with activity, with over 40 business incubators, 80 coworking spaces, 20 fab labs, close from 1,500 startups being set up annually, and a growing number of success stories. Today, there is an exceptionally strong impetus in Paris and this has been acknowledged and heralded by international rankings. 

For example, it is the world’s leading city for intellectual capital and innovation (PwC Cities of Opportunity, May 2014) and it is now the leader in Europe for the vibrancy of its innovation market as regards the amount of fundraising and number of transactions. Lastly, it appears in the top six world tech cities (CB Insights, “The Next Silicon Valley”, November 2014).”    (La French Tech Tokyo Hub)

Interested in investing or joining?

More details from: http://tokyo.lafrenchtech.com

 

 

 


Japon: Payer pour pouvoir prêter: le monde à l’envers?

10000-yen-note

10000-yen-note

Pourquoi les investisseurs adorent prêter au Japon sur 30 ans

“Désespérés par la politique de taux d’intérêt négatifs de la Banque centrale du Japon, les investisseurs misent sur les seuls titres affichant encore un rendement positif dans l’Archipel. Prêter de l’argent à l’État pour 30 ans… à 0,319 % d’intérêts par an? Au Japon, les investisseurs se battent pour avoir le privilège de percevoir ce rendement pourtant minime. Seuls les titres de plus 15 ans affichent encore un rendement positif dans l’Archipel. ”  (Le Figaro – MSN France)

Japon: Payer pour pouvoir prêter: le monde à l’envers? Bien entendu, tout est à long terme dans le Pays du Soleil Levant mais quand même! Qu’en pensez-vous?

Plus de détails sur:  Japon: Payer pour pouvoir prêter: le monde à l’envers?

 


Toyota invests in computer science and human-machine interaction aiming at reducing highway injuries and fatalities

AI (Picture - micronobal.com)

AI (Picture – micronobal.com)

 

“Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced on September 4, 2015 that it would invest approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University  to broaden its focus on computer science and human-machine interaction with an immediate goal of reducing highway injuries and fatalities.

As we age, mobility becomes more challenging; and larger segments of society are unable to drive or move freely. Also, the demands on healthcare systems and those who support the physically infirm continue to increase. Toyota believes the opportunities to improve every-day living through artificial intelligence supported technologies are boundless, with significant breakthrough potential for the development of life-saving intelligent vehicles and life-improving robots.”  (Toyota Newsroom)

 

 

Is Artificial Intelligence Research the key to our future challenges? What is your take on this?

More details from:

http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/9233109/

https://livestream.com/Toyota/PressConference

 

 


EU exit would make UK ‘less attractive’ to investors, says Japan’s PM

Shinzo Abe and David Cameron (Picture - AFP)

Shinzo Abe and David Cameron (Picture – AFP)

“The UK would be “less attractive” to Japanese investors if it votes to leave the European Union, Japan’s prime minister has said. Shinzo Abe said Japan’s business sector saw the UK as a “gateway” to Europe. Japan would rather negotiate a trade deal with the EU as a block, rather than with “individual states” in Europe. The UK will go to the polls in a referendum on its EU membership on 23 June.”  (BBC News)

 

UK leaving the EU would probably mean increased Japanese (and US) investments in Continental Europe in the future. Is it really what UK citizens want? What do you think about this EU Referendum in UK?

 

Read more from:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36215146

 


EU-Japanese Teams (2) shortlisted for UK Railways Projects !!!

JTREC trains (Source - JTREC website)

JTREC trains (Source – JTREC website)

 

 

  1. Dutch-Japanese team shortlisted to compete for West Midlands (UK) Franchise:

The U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) announced on 7 April 2016 that three bidders have been shortlisted for the West Midlands passenger franchise, including West Midlands Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Abellio Transport Holding (Dutch national passenger rail operator (NS) Group), with JR East and Mitsui & Co. as minority partners. The new operator will take over the franchise in October 2017, with the contract award expected to be made in June 2017.

The DfT also announced that the consortium of JR East and Mitsui & Co. has been awarded a new Pre-Qualification Questionnaire Passport, which enables the consortium to express interest in franchises for the next four years, in an easier and less cumbersome way.”  (Source: JR East Newsletter #20)

For further information, please check:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/three-train-companies-shortlisted-to-compete-for-west-midlands-franchise

 

2. Franco-Japanese team shortlisted for new trains in Liverpool (UK):

 

“Merseytravel, an executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, announced on 11 January 2016 that five bidders including a team composed of  French and Japanese companies have been shortlisted for a contract to supply around 50 EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) for the Merseyrail network.

The Franco-Japanese team is composed of Mitsui, a major Japanese trading company, J-TREC, JR East’s subsidiary rolling stock manufacturing company, and France’s Alstom.

Bids are due to be submitted by the end of April and a preferred bidder will be identified towards the end of the year. The project is likely to cost around £400m.

This joint action between French and Japanese companies is the first of its kind in the European Union, and concrete business results are expected.”     (Source: JR East Newsletter #19)

For more information about J-TREC, please click:  http://www.j-trec.co.jp/eng/index.html

The official announcement by Merseytravel can be accessed from:  http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/Pages/Another-step-towards-new-Merseyrail-trains-as-bidder-shortlist-announced.aspx

 

Congratulations! Great to see EU-Japan Industrial Cooperation and breakthroughs in the highly sensitive Railways Sector !!!  What do you think?


GBMC speaking at the MEDEF Executive Club Conference! Join us!


Doing Business with Japan

Doing Business with Japan

Comment réussir votre développement international au Japon”

 

organised in Paris by the MEDEF Ile-de-France (French Federation of Companies) on wednesday May 11, 2016.

 

More details about the Conference itself (in French):

Eric BERGER, Président du MEDEF Ile-de-France, et Michel JONQUERES, Président de la Commission Internationale,

ont le plaisir de vous convier au Petit Déjeuner de l’Executive Club du MEDEF Ile-de-France sur le thème :

« Comment réussir votre développement international au Japon »

le mercredi 11 mai 2016 de 8h30 à 10h30

au Club (niveau -1)

10, rue du Débarcadère – Paris 17ème

avec la participation de :

Yoichi SUZUKI, Ambassadeur du Japon en France

« Le commerce franco-japonais »

Philippe HUYSVELD, spécialiste du Japon, membre de Global Business and Management Consulting (GBMC)

« A faire et à ne pas faire pour votre réussite commerciale au Japon »

Jean-Charles CROUIN, Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France (section Japon), Président de la Commission Asie du

CNCCEF

« Un entrepreneur français au Japon »

 

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