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“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?
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EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska:
“If we can work together effectively on the basis of open markets, our economies will gain, our businesses will gain, and our consumers will gain,” insisted EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska in her speech at the EU-Japan Business Round Table in Tokyo to an audience that included Japanese Cabinet Ministers and businesspeople.
“The free trade agreement that we are negotiating will stimulate growth on both sides.
She noted that there are those who believe markets and borders should be shut, but pointed to the fact that this has not worked historically. If Japan and the EU are to move forward and grow economically, these voices of opposition must be proven wrong; and in order to do this, both entities must work closely together.” (EUROBIZ News)
Very well. Enough negotiations: When will a deal be signed?? Meanwhile, because of higher trade tariffs, Europeans companies are loosing ground (market shares) in Japan to US rivals and others!!
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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”:
as well as the “9 Good reasons to invest in Belgium”:
Also check our previous post on this Blog:
as well as our own (home-made) “European Countries Profile Handbook series”:
So what is your company waiting for? What do you think?
“With a planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support our projected vehicle demand.
Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada, and we expect to begin cell production in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will reach full capacity and produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.
In cooperation with Panasonic and other strategic partners, the Gigafactory will produce batteries for significantly less cost using economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing process under one roof. We expect to drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. The Gigafactory will also be powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy.
The name Gigafactory comes from the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh).” (Tesla Motors)
Great Project and Vision! Congratulations to both Tesla and Matsushita (PANASONIC) for this “environment-friendly” business plan!!
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“Panasonic Corp. has decided to withdraw from TV panel production amid fierce competition from foreign rivals, in particular in China and South Korea, company sources said Tuesday.
The Osaka-based company will end production at its sole liquid crystal display plant in the city of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, by the end of September, as it expects no improvement in its profitability.
Panasonic’s withdrawal will leave Sharp Corp. as the sole Japanese electronics maker making LCD panels for TVs in Japan.
Although Panasonic will halt TV panel production, it will continue making LCD TVs using panels procured from manufacturers in South Korea and elsewhere, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Panasonic will continue producing LCD panels for other purposes and bolster the LCD businesses for vehicles and medical devices, where growth is expected.” (Japan Times)
Another blow for Audio-Video & Electronics Manufacturing in Japan! Is this a business of the past? What do you think?
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“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.
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?
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Toyota invests in computer science and human-machine interaction aiming at reducing highway injuries and fatalities
“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?
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