DLA Piper holds first Annual Global Patent Symposium in Tokyo

DLA Piper held its first Annual Global Patent Symposium in Tokyo on 6 November 2013, attended by 120 guests, including intellectual property and technology decision makers from top Japanese companies.

Speakers presented a live demonstration of proprietary patent procurement software, discussed how to build and maintain a strong global patent portfolio and commented on strategies for tackling patent trolls and litigating before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Dan Christenbury (Philadelphia) spoke first, giving a live demonstration of Genius Note software for preparing computer-based provisional patent applications. The software was created by a partnership between DLA Piper and Mekiki. Genius Note will soon be rolled out in Japan and elsewhere to make clients’ filing processes easier and more cost effective.

Dale Lazar (Northern Virginia) spoke about strategies for building a strong international patent portfolio. Paul Steadman (Chicago) explained a number of new and efficient approaches for defending against and defeating NPE claims, and several new NPE threats on the horizon. Intellectual property and technology global co-chair and US chair John Allcock (San Diego) and Matthew Satchwell (Chicago) gave an in-depth view of strategies for dealing with litigation at the ITC.

The highlight of the seminar was hearing from clients, according to DLA Piper. Tokyo intellectual property group manager Henry Koda moderated a panel in Japanese, featuring former Patent Office Commissioner and intellectual property analyst Hisamitsu Arai; former president of the Japanese IP Association and current Takeda Pharmaceutical Company general manager of IP Yoichi Okumura; Tokyo University professor Katsuya Tamai; and Meijo University professor of law and DENSO Corporation general manager of intellectual property Hirohiko Usui.

This panel examined the ‘monetisation of Japanese IP rights’. Many Japanese corporations have built huge patent portfolios, and top management, eager to generate profits from hidden assets, has recently begun to pay closer attention to those portfolios. The panellists exchanged views and strategies for patent monetisation goals.

This originally appeared in DLA Piper’s IPT News Q1 2014.