Japan To Seek Mutual Patent Recognition with U.S., Europe

Law360, New York (June 1, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan’s government will call for mutual recognition of patents with the U.S. and Europe under an ambitious new plan for promoting intellectual property rights, according to local media reports.

The government will propose doubling the number of intellectual property rights experts, such as patent agents, in Japan to 120,000 in the next 10 years, and allowing patent agents to handle court cases without assistance of lawyers, Jiji News Service reported, citing “informed sources.”

The plan also calls for a new international treaty to enforce intellectual property...
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