Novelty (related to prior arts)
(Conclusion) Novelty should not be found. (Design right owner lost.)
A request for an invalidation trial before the JPO by a non-exclusive licensee shall not be contrary to the doctrine of good faith, unless there are special circumstances.
When identifying a design shown in a prior art, not only the drawing(s), but also the text of the appended table etc. can be considered.
<Writer: Hideki Takaishi (Attorney-at-law licensed in Japan and California)>