Japanese Panel Unveils Plans for New Patent Court

Law360, New York (October 8, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Blueprints for an intellectual-property court dealing exclusively with patents will be finalized in March of next year, and legislation is expected to be submitted to the Diet in time for the regular 2004 session, the Asahi Shimbun reported Monday.

Based in Tokyo, the court will primarily take on specialialized cases involving advanced technologies and hire experts to assist judges, according to the newspaper. Hiring expert researchers would be less time-consuming than hiring specialized judges, it is believed.

The court would help ensure the consistency of rulings...
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