Alex Wilson and Ari Laakkonen recently pleaded a case in a Mock Trial in Tokyo.
On April 20, the Japan Patent Office and Japanese Bar Association hosted a symposium in Kasumigaseki to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Tokyo IP High Court, which handles lawsuits involving patents and copyrights and other intellectual property rights. Japanese Bar Association Chairman Susumu Murakoshi opened the symposium with the observation that “Intellectual property is closely correlated to the globalization of the economy and the role of the judiciary is significant.” Following those remarks, judges and lawyers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan participated in mock trials for each jurisdiction.
The mock trials related to standards related telecommunication patents focussing on the approach to damages and injunctive relief where a FRAND commitment has been made.. More than 400 attendees listened with rapt attention to the lively oral arguments.
The following leading judges took part:
Judge Shitara (Chief judge), Judge Nakamura, Judge Ohyori - Japanese Intellectual Property High Court
Judge Hacon - Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, UK
Conseillier Girardet - Cour de Cassasion, France
Dr Klaus Grabinski - Federal Court of Justice, Germany
Chief Judge Sharon Prost - Circuit of Court of Appeals, US
The Tokyo IP High Court was established on April 1, 2005. It handles appeals arising from nationwide civil litigation involving IP rights as well as patent invalidity proceedings.
Please also see attached Alex Wilson pictured in the article from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun here.
We also attach here an overview of the English Patent Court system and procedure which was translated into Japanese for the Mock Trial in Tokyo.