Patent laws are set independently by each country, and the application for as well as the receipt and maintenance of patents requires adherence to said laws. With a rising number of corporations pursuing global expansion, there has recently been a global trend toward patent law revision aimed at facilitating swift patent acquisition and the international harmonization, including by ironing out differences between laws, rules, and examination processes. Because of this, in the countries in which they operate or their products are sold, businesses have to pay close attention to every law revision and new piece of legislation. In line with the globalization of business, the Intellectual Property Department stays informed of changes in relevant laws and examination processes used by individual countries and regions, from the United States to Europe, China, South Kore, Taiwan and others, and takes these changes into account during daily intellectual property activities.
出光興産, DFF Inc.