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Joint Judicial Conference with the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo, Japan *Updated May 2, 2011

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A Joint Judicial Conference will be held in Tokyo on October 25 to 27, 2011*, with judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and judges from the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court as part of the 2011 International Series scheduled this year in Tokyo, Munich, and Stuttgart. 

The general schedule of the Joint Judicial Conference are available in English and Japanese.

The purpose of judges from the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and judges from the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court participating in a Joint Judicial Conference is —



 to create a mutually supportive setting for identifying and discussing the best practices in litigating intellectual property issues;


   to improve the effectiveness of legal protection for, use of, and enforcement of intellectual property rights through the adjudication of those rights;


 to explore international cooperative efforts and recent trends affecting intellectual property rights, particularly patents;


 to promote equitable and harmonized international development of intellectual property rights; and



to develop the professional skills and knowledge of participating judges and staff through information sharing and exchange.

The conference will include participation by government representatives, public policy makers, business leaders, and private practitioners from around the world who will exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and evaluate evolving trends and developments in intellectual property rights. 

Begun in November 2010, the International Series looks for the “best practices in legal systems” worldwide and “how those practices—both in terms of governance and the practice of law—relate to innovation and the betterment of societies.”  On November 19, 2010, the International Series supported a meeting in Washington, D.C., of judges from the People's Republic of China, Germany, and Japan as well as government leaders, circuit judges, and experienced practitioners from the United States to address concepts, theories, and approaches of interest to those involved in litigating and deciding patent-related issues. 

The 2011 International Series is supported by the United States Department of Commerce, the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, the Japan Patent Attorney Association, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Licensing Executives Society—Germany, and others.

*The original conference dates of May 11-13, initially rescheduled to August 29 to September 1, have been rescheduled as of May 2, 2011.