Sept/Oct 2007 Issue

Sept/Oct 2007Sept/Oct 2007

On the cover: Legal Special

Jury System
Legal Awards

Intellectual Property in Japan

Sept/Oct 2007
No. 73

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Message from the Publisher

Terrie LlyodTerrie LloydBy Terrie Lloyd
Although many people feel that Japan is already doing quite a bit to improve the environment, with solar cells, hybrid cars, and power-saving air conditioners, these ‘contributions’ are not stopping people buying and burning more energy and producing greenhouse gasses in record quantities. Despite the massive global PR and economic benefits that Japan would reap if it took leadership on this issue, I’m surprised how little direction is being shown by government.


Message from the Editor

Peter HarrisPeter HarrisBy Peter Harris
Last issue J@pan Inc ran an article on intellectual property in Japan by our writer Willhemina Wahlin. This was a small taster for this editon, our legal special and I’m pleased to see a continuation of our coverage of patent and trademark issues in Japan, including interviews with expert IP lawyers and a judge. We’ve also included articles on the jury system, arbitration and more, plus on the center pages you’ll find our indispensable Legal Services Directory.


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the EditorDear Editor,

I found your article about CBRE and real estate in Tokyo to be highly interesting. Tokyo is obviously a prime market for such real estate services, and I would be very interested to know more about how CBRE can find closed market deals, and what their strategies are for dealing with landlords used to a more docile Japanese tenant base.


Judging Thy Neighbour

Illustration by Mike SparrowIllustration by Mike SparrowBy Peter Harris

An exploration of how the lay judge system to be implemented in 2009 will affect Japanese society


Trademark Law in Japan

Kazuko FujitaKazuko FujitaBy Joseph Greenberg

Kazuko Fujita and lessons for trademark registration in Japan.

Kazuko Fujita is founder and director of the LIL (Legal Interface Liaison) International Patent & Trademark Firm, responsible for an office of 30 staff, a fully qualified benrishi (Japanese patent attorney), a wife and a mother of two children.


Legal Services Directory

J@pan Inc's comprehensive directory of legal and law related services in Japan that have capabilities to deal with foreign clients.


The New Trend in Realtime Court Reporting

Jodi HarmonJodi HarmonBy Tracy Slater, PhD

In the US, with its fast-paced legal environment, law firms are seeing the rise of a new trend: using realtime court reporters during attorney-client meetings to cut associates’ administrative workload.



Global Standards

Masayuki ShobayashiMasayuki ShobayashiBy Joseph Greenberg
How the Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office has adapted to changes in the international IP environment

The karaoke machine was the brainchild of a man named Daisuke Inoue who, as legend has it, cobbled the thing together out of a car radio, a coin box and a small amplifier back in 1971. Tragically, Inoue did not patent his invention and has never made one yen directly from commercial sales of his invention; some have approximated his loss at around US$150 million.


The Asian Legal Business Awards

Photos by Vincent DescampsPhotos by Vincent DescampsBy Louise Calvert

J@pan Inc attended this impressive ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo at the start of the summer. Asian Legal Business (ALB) is a well respected legal business magazine based out of Hong Kong and this was the third time that they have held an award ceremony in Japan.




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