The Journal of Information Science and Technology Association
(Johono Kagaku to Gijutsu)

Vol. 57 (2007), No.10

Intellectural property

Trends and issues of intellectual property

Hiroshi KATO
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677 JAPAN

Abstract:This paper will provide an overview of Japan's governmental, industrial and academia's response to the increased prominence of intellectual property (IP). This overview will consider Japan's governmental policy actions, including the 2002 "Basic Law on Intellectual Property" as well as the creation of the "Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, established by Japan's Cabinet in 2003. Additionally, this paper will discuss evolving trends in industry structure and practice that reflect industries commitment to the value of reforming current IP strategy. Recent business-academia collaborative efforts, such as the establishment of the Technology Licensing Organization (TLO) and the Intellectual Property Headquarters, demonstrate Japans' academia's decision to make IP reform a higher priority.

Keywords:  Basic Law on Intellectual Property / Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters / Intellectual Property Strategic Program / Basic Law on Science and Technology / Science and Technology Strategic Program / Technology Licensing Organization (TLO) / University Intellectual Property Office / World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) / World Trade Organization (WTO)

Intellectual Property Skill as common knowledge for information professional

Association of Intellectual Property Education
Atago Tokyo Bldg.14F 1-3-2 Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0002 JAPAN

Abstract:Intellectual Property Law is a kind of information-related law. Therefore, "Intellectual Property Skills" are common knowledge for information professionals as far as they are specialist in "information". Taking an examination is the best means to clarify achievement level and to motivate you to learn something. So, if you would like to acquire "Intellectual Property Skills", it is reasonable for you to take "The Examination of Proficiency in Intellectual Property". Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have announced "Intellectual Property Skill Standard" to specify "Intellectual Property Skills" of employees. Though information professionals perceived a need to acquire such skills until now, it is good time for them to move into action.

Keywords:  intellectual property / skill / Intellectual Property Skills / The Examination of Proficiency in Intellectual Property / skill standard / Intellectual Property Skill Standard

Fostering of personnel responsible for intellectual property

Tokyo University of Science Graduate School of Management of Science and Technology
4-25-1-12 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072 JAPAN

Abstract:Government of Japan has tried making Japan a country built on intellectual property (IP). The most important thing is fostering of IP personnel. Previously, GOJ designed to develop expert with a broad knowledge of IP through education of universities and graduate schools. Now GOJ is looking for the way to educate the public about IP. Under the circumstances, it is thought that it will become increasingly important to foster human resources for IP education who understand the true nature of IP in intelligence community, to be concrete libraries, search company etc.

Keywords:  intellectual property / intellectual property education / intellectual property personnel / intellectual property policy / knowledge society / nation built on intellectual property / information / cultural industry

Cross-genre information retrieval and technical trend analysis by integrating research papers and patents

Hidetsugu NANBA
Hiroshima City University
3-4-1 Ozukahigashi, Asaminamiku, Hiroshima 731-3194 JAPAN

Abstract:The need for academic researchers to retrieve patents and research papers is increasing, because applying for patents is now considered to be an important research activity. In fact, the development of an IR system of research papers and patents for academic researchers is enshrined in "Intellectual Property Strategic Program 2007" by Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, published in May 2007. In this paper, we overview researches, systems and services related to information retrieval and technical trend analysis for research papers and patents.

Keywords:  patent / research paper / technical trend analysis / cross-genre information retrieval / citation relationships

Intellectual property education in the US library schools

George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
300 Smathers Library, Gainesville, FL 32607, USA

Yong-Jeong YI
Florida State University Tallahassee
College of Information, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA

Abstract:Information professionals are mediators to satisfy the users' rights as well as creators' right, balancing between copyright and intellectual freedom. Research result shows that 37 library schools offer classes related information policy and only 7 schools have faculty members with J.D. holders. As academic organization, library schools need to improve their curriculum to educate future information professionals who play a key role in representing the public in the copyright debate and in protecting the University's intellectual property.

Keywords:  copyright education / library schools / copyright law / curriculum / intellectual property education

The 50th anniversary event of Association for Kansai Patent Information Center
The report on Patent Information Search Contest

Iino Bldg., 1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8585 JAPAN

Abstract:The Patent Information Search Contest was held on 17th June at Association for Kansai Patent Information Center as the 50th anniversary event. 39 participants challenged for the online search contest by using three search systems, ex. IPDL and two commercialized search systems. Every participant could select one search-theme from three fields, ex. electric & machine, chemistry & nano technology, and bio & medicine & food. The report was explained from the view of planning, execution, grading and evaluation. The contest purpose is to raise mind & consideration and search technology of patent information searchers.

Keywords:  patent information retrieval / contest / The 50th anniversary event / Association for Kansai Patent Information Center / online / commercialized search system / grading and evaluation / search result / search process / proposal ability

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