2016 Introduction to Intellectual Property System

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Yoshimoto Mamoru 
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course presented by a science professor having the license of patent attorney is to provide the opportunity for basic understanding about the Japanese intellectual property (IP) legal system including patent-law, copyright-law,etc. with the science and engineering student as a target. Students will have an ability to solve the practical IP-related problems in future innovation works by applying fundamental knowledge on IP system acquired through this course.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to basically understand about the Japanese intellectual property (IP) legal system including patent-law, copyright-law,etc.


intellectual property (IP), legal system, patent, copyright

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In each class, (1) the important points of previous class are reviewed, and (2) the points relating to each theme are explained.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Legal intorduction on intellectual property (IP)  Understanding fundamentals of law
Class 2 Rights of trademark and design Understanding fundamentals of intellectual property
Class 3 Copyright Understanding fundamentals of copyright legal system
Class 4 Patent introduction (history and overview) Understanding the purpose of patent system
Class 5 Patent application Understanding the points about patent application system
Class 6 Patent examination and appeal Understanding the points about patent examination and appeal system
Class 7 Patent rights and infringement Understanding the points about patent rights and infringement system
Class 8 IP-related matters (Utility model right, International patent, Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Patent attorney examination)/ final exams Understanding the points about global patent system and patent attorney work


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams.

Related courses

  • LAH.S303 : Law (Intelectual Property Law) C
  • ACE.D542 : Global Business Strategy and Standardization & Intellectual Property II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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