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The Role of the Japanese Patent System in Japanese Industry

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UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal

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Differences between the Japanese and American patent systems have been largely responsible for the miracle of Japanese industrial development. Part II of this commentary discusses the different approaches inherent in these systems and Part III explores how Japanese corporations use the Japanese patent system to develop their inventions. Finally, Part IV examines how patent claims are interpreted in both systems and how non-Japanese countries are changing the face of the Japanese patent system.

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