Intellectual Property High Court

The Intellectual Property High Court (知的財産高等裁判所, Chiteki-zaisan kōtō-saiban-sho), sometimes abbreviated IPHC, is a special branch of Tokyo High Court in the judicial system of Japan. It is based in Kasumigaseki, a district in Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo, Japan.

Chief judges of the IP High Court
1. Katsumi Shinohara (April 2005 - April 2007).[1]
2. Tomokatsu Tsukahara (May 2007 - ca. August 2010).[1]
3. Tetsuhiro Nakano (since ca. August 2010)[2][3]

The Intellectual Property (IP) High Court was established on 1 April 2005,[4] in order to accelerate and reduce the costs of patent litigation in Japan.[5] The IP High Court hears appeals from district courts in Japan on patent actions and suits against appeal/trial decisions made by the Japan Patent Office (JPO).[4]


  1. IP High Court web site, Chief Judge of the IP High Court Tomokatsu Tsukahara, consulted on 12 January 2008.
  2. "Head of Japans IP High Court retires", Managing Intellectual Property, 20 August 2010.
  3. Peter Ollier, "Inventor wins in PlayStation patent dispute", Managing Intellectual Property, 31 August 2010.
  4. IP High Court web site, History, consulted on 12 January 2008.
  5. Tsutomu Shibata, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Japan, Moving Toward a More Advanced Knowledge Economy, World Bank Publications, 2006, ISBN 0-8213-6672-6, p. 140.

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