Japan To Allow Some Patent Suits to Be Closed to Public

Law360, New York (October 19, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan will allow some patent trials to be closed to the public, Nikkei reported, citing government sources.

The move comes in response to refusals by corporate defendants to divulge confidential information in court, fearing an adverse effect on their business, according to the newspaper.

Under the planned procedures, domestic courts will be allowed to issue orders banning parties to a lawsuit from distributing confidential matters divulged during the trial. In some sensitive cases, legal proceedings such as witness examination could be closed to the public, the...
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