Ninth Annual Waseda Global Patent Law Conference

This year, the Waseda Global Patent Conference will be conducted as a Zoom Webinar, accomodating the time zones of participants in the US and Japan. Both panels will  be supported  by simultaneous interpretation (Japanese and English). Participation is free of charge, but resistration is required via  [].

Part1: Oct 30, 2020 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (JST) Oct 29, 2020 8:00-10:00 p.m. (ET)
Part2: Oct 31, 2020 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (JST) Oct 30, 2020 8:00-10:00 p.m. (ET)
Part1: Patent Litigation and Evidence Collection during the Pandemic
Part2: Patent Claim Construction and DoE
Language: Japanese and English (simltaneous interpretation)
Host: Waseda University Institute for Intellectual Property Law, Waseda University Faculty of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Pennsylvania Centre for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), and the FCBA
Participation fee: Free


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Opening remarks:
  Prof. Takashi Hakoi (Dean, Waseda University School of Law)
  Deborah Miron (Executive Director, Federal Circuit Bar Association)
  Christopher Yoo (Chestnut Professor of Law and Founding Director, CTIC, University of   Pennsylvania Carey Law School)
Part I: Oct 30, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (JST) • Oct 29, 2020, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (ET)

Patent Litigation and Evidence Collection During the Pandemic

Moderator: Christoph Rademacher (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
  The Honorable Leonard P. Stark (Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware)
  The Honorable Koichi Tanaka (Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property Division, Tokyo District  Court)
  The Honorable Scott R. Boalick (Chief Judge, U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board )
  Tsuyoshi Sueyoshi (Partner, Yuasa and Hara)
  Robert P. Parker (Member, Rothwell Figg)
Part II Oct 31, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (JST) • Oct 30, 2020 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Patent Claim Construction and DoE
Moderator: Ichiro Nakayama (Professor, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Law)
  The Honorable Yoshiyuki Mori (Intellectual Property High Court of Japan)
  The Honorable Sharon Prost (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)
  R. Polk Wagner (Michael A. Fitts Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School)
  Ryu Takabayashi (Professor, Waseda University)
  Michael Sandonato (Partner, Venable LLP)
Closing remarks: The Honorable Makiko Takabe (Chief Judge, Takamatsu High Court)
Conference Synopsis:
The first panel, led by Delaware Federal District Court Chief Judge Stark and Tokyo District Court Presiding Judge Tanaka, will discuss the challenges that litigants and courts face in Japan and the US these days when collecting evidence to secure success in patent disputes. The discussion will include consideration of recent developments in law and practice, the difficulties and opportunities posed by the US discovery process, as well as the introduction of the inspection claim in Japanese patent law this year.

The second panel will explore recent developments in patent claim construction in the US and Japan, in particular the diverging developments in relation to the doctrine of equivalents. While the Grand Bench of the Intellectual Property High Court in Japan may have re-invigorated the doctrine in its 2016 Maxacalcitol decision, the Federal Circuit in the US has appeared to take a more cautious approach; for example, in its 2019 decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, the Federal Circuit held that the doctrine applies only in exceptional cases. Federal Circuit Chief Judge Prost and IP High Court Presiding Judge Mori will discuss the background to these developments with leading experts from US and Japanese academia and practice.

Both panels will feature introductory remarks by the panelists and a moderated panel discussion before a Q&A session and discussion with the audience.

In addition, participants of the program are invited to join a separate discussion between USPTO Director Iancu and JPO Commissioner Kasutani on the patent systems and innovation on Friday evening Japanese time / Friday morning US time.

Addendum: October 30, 2020, 9 pm to 10 pm (Japanese time) / October 30, 8am to 9 am (ET):

The 2020 Challenges: Patent Systems and Innovation

*separate registration required (free of charge for conference participants)


Moderator: Laura Masurovsky (Finnegan)
  • Commissioner Toshihide Kasutani (JPO)
  • Director Andrei Iancu (USPTO)