Japan Vows To Protect Inventor Rights With Amended Patent Law

Law360, New York (January 14, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan’s amended patent law, set to take effect in April, will try to address the increasingly contentious issue of inventor rights, the government has pledged.

The current provision, which calls for "appropriate compensation," is criticized as being vague and has led to an avalanche of criticism by engineers and scientists at Japanese corporations, who feel they are not being fairly compensated for their inventions.

The current patent law only advises companies to take into account the magnitude of profits they obtain from researchers' inventions when deciding...
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