February 10, 2012
Management of Inventions Developed within Foreign Subsidiaries
Presented by
Representative Attorney Kenji Kuroda
Hosted by
Japan Auto Parts Industries Association
12th floor conference room, Nagoya Sakae Building

Seminar outline

In the current climate of globalization, companies often establish subsidiaries in foreign countries, which entails the possibility of employees of the foreign subsidiaries making inventions. These inventions have a variety of types, and may be attributed to a number of different parties, often creating a complex rights relationship that may depend on the patent system in effect in the subsidiaries’ location. In this seminar, representative attorney Kenji Kuroda discusses these matters and other details, such as remuneration to inventors of employee inventions in subsidiaries, assignments of inventions from subsidiaries to their parent companies, administration of inventions created in subsidiaries and joint development with subsidiaries and other parties, and concludes with an examination of the particular legal restrictions of a number of relevant countries.

  1. Outline of the patent systems in Japan, the U.S. and China
  2. Employee invention systems in Japan, the U.S. and China
  3. Transfers of inventions, etc. from subsidiaries to parent companies
  4. Management of inventions created in subsidiaries
  5. Joint inventions with subsidiaries, etc.
  6. Other systems to note in the U.S. and China