John Johnson '93, an attorney with Fish & Richardson P.C. in New York City, described to students the wide range of issues and changing climate related to intellectual property (IP) in Japan, a country that has been transforming its IP laws and systems to bolster economic growth for the past decade.
His presentation on Oct. 8, "Protecting IP in Japan: A Discussion of Legal, Cultural and Practical Issues," also addressed the movement to make Japan the choice jurisdiction in Asia for litigating IP disputes.
After he presented, he spoke to Professor Alex Seita's class on patents and trade secrets. Johnson's practice focuses on patent and trademark litigation. He is also a frequent lecturer and author on intellectual property matters, and he has previously taught classes in intellectual property law at Albany Law.
The Tech Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society is holding a series of workshops this fall on the international aspects of IP protection and commercialization.