横木増井法律事務所

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Intellectual Property

 In order to conduct business, companies are required to protect their own intellectual property while they actively use their intellectual property as well as to take proper care of those of other companies. For example, companies need to finely set the terms of use as licensing other companies to use their own technologies. If other companies violate the terms of use, appropriate measures should be taken. Also, proper care is indispensable whether or not companies infringe copyrights or other rights of other companies when companies insert sentences, pictures or illustrations on public relations materials. Unless companies rightly acknowledge that claim has any legal basis or, if any, to what extent infringement of rights arises in case that companies receive complaint from other companies regarding intellectual property, companies barely make decisions about business operation.
However, intellectual property law is one of the areas that companies find difficulty in judging how far the right of the companies is protected by law or what materials anyone can use freely. That is because new issues arise day-to-day over treatment of various information of which the extent or form of legal protection differ such as knowhow or data in addition to typical rights of intellectual property such as patent, copyrights or trademark. Therefore, companies need to acquire precise advice based on up-to-date business practice in connection with intellectual property law more than any other field.
Our firm has extensive experiences in assisting both companies that utilize and protect their intellectual property (on proprietors’ side) and companies that receive complaint from other companies against infringement of rights, and those experiences also include intellectual property disputes to fight against the presence or absence of or the range of infringement of intellectual property, or the range of injunction order or claim. Furthermore, we are engaged in giving advice regarding intellectual property at the business planning phase or contract negotiation in connection with intellectual property in order to facilitate business process without generating disputes.
Our firm also has broad experiences on matters involved with new types of intellectual property. We assist clients regarding contract or legal issues in connection with data collection and transaction extending over fields such as design of entertainment business where copyrights and their free use exist relatively, or protection of personal data.

Practice Areas

  • Providing advice or representing regarding notice, litigation or other legal actions against injunction order or claim over infringement of patent, copyrights, trademark and other intellectual property rights or unfair competition
  • Providing advice or representing regarding approach when the notice or legal actions as mentioned above is taken
  • Contract negotiation, draft of contract, business planning in consideration of intellectual property
  • Support for new and nearby field related matters such as transaction regarding data

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