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Japan's First Private Patent Search Company Eyes April 1st Launch

Law360 (December 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan’s first private patent search company, founded by industrial giants including automaker Toyota, plans to start operations on April 1st of next year.

Nagoya-based Techo Search Inc. made the announcement following the completing of fund-raising through a third-party allotment of new shares, according to Kyodo News.

A group of companies including Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., Yamaha Motor Co. and Okaya & Co. established Techno Search in October when a legal revision took effect allowing private companies to check whether patents already exist on behalf...
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