Posted on 08 October 2018

The Japanese Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)  has been promoting fair and effective protection of Intellectual Property Rights for over 70 years.  It’s one of the largest private IP organisations in Japan, most of its 1300 members are from leading Japanese companies.  Patent applications filed by JIPA members account for more than 80% of all patent applications filed in Japan and around 20% of all patent applications filed globally, so the group are considered very influential. JIPA are keen to foster international competitiveness through innovation and work alongside IP Offices such as JPO, USPTO, EPO and WIPO in order to promote harmonisation across patent systems internationally in order to facilitate this.

In addition to its commitment to promoting global co-operation JIPA offers its members a unique personal training system and regularly holds a wide range  of seminars and workshops. This includes a bi-annual two week European seminar, which provides members with the opportunity to visit the UK and Germany to learn about the legal and practical aspects of working with the EPC (European Patent Convention) and EPO (European Patent Office).

Mewburn Ellis have close links to JIPA having worked with them for over 10 years.

In October this year we were proud to welcome 19 Japanese Patent Attorneys from various Japanese companies as we once again co-hosted the London week of this worthy seminar.  Several of our partners and fee earners gave lectures on UK and European patent practice.  We also took the group to visit the UKIPO (United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office) and Supreme Court as part of our cultural and educational exchange.


Matthew Smith

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Matthew is in our chemistry & materials patent team with experience in the oil & gas, industrial chemistry, semiconductor and transport sectors. Matthew frequently represents clients in oral hearings at the EPO, during examination, opposition and appeal proceedings. Matthew’s clients include a number of large Asian corporations and he is a regular visitor to Japan where he offers numerous seminars, lectures and workshops on European IP each year. He also provides regular in-house assistance to his Japanese clients. He has been studying Japanese since 2011. Matthew joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2006 qualifying as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2010. He joined the partnership in 2015.

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