Japan Seeks Stiff Punishment For IP Violators

Law360, New York (March 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move designed to protect its intellectual property rights at home and abroad, the Japanese government is preparing to submit a bill that would significantly increase the penalties facing violators of IP rights, according to officials.

The bill is expected to be approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and then presented to the country’s parliament, the Diet, with the government hoping to implement the stiffer regulations by next year.

The new bill comes in response to the explosion of pirated and counterfeit products, as...
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