This pandemic has been an extremely sad and challenging time for all. Perhaps one of the least of the worries for our clients should have been government formalities, but unfortunately we saw little in terms of flexibility here in Japan. Here is an Elite Panel Report from the WTR, where I share my thoughts.
Elsewhere, the impact of the covid-19 pandemic has created challenges for legislators and IP offices, whose level of responsiveness influences the outlook. For example, Kensaku Takase, partner at Baker McKenzie, explains: “We were hoping for the Japanese Patent Office to relax its processes, at least during the state of emergency. Yet this was not forthcoming, creating anxiety. Fortunately our clients were understanding, and they allowed us to take alternative approaches to avoid having our staff needing to travel to the office during the state of emergency.”