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Asia’s first patent arbitration hub to open in Tokyo

Japan will open an international arbitration body specializing in intellectual property here in September, the first one in Asia designed to facilitate resolution of a growing number of patent disputes.

Japan will open an international arbitration body specializing in intellectual property here in September, the first one in Asia designed to facilitate resolution of a growing number of patent disputes.

The spread of the “internet of things” has led to more clashes between companies over patents. With patents for essential communications technology now being used by a wider range of industries, the number of cases that cannot be settled through dialogue is rising, according to Japan’s Patent Office.

The organization will feature a roster of a dozen or so arbitrators from inside and outside Japan, including a former chief judge of a U.S. court that hears patent cases. It will be led by Katsuya Tamai, a University of Tokyo professor specializing in intellectual property law.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review