FY2013 JIPA Annual General Meeting

On May 31, FY2013 annual general meeting was held at the Hotel Chinazanso Tokyo.

After opening speech from Mr. Ueno, JIPA president, the financial & business statements for FY 2012, the FY 2013 budget & action plan, the appointment of vice chairpersons, and transformation into general incorporated association were considered and approved.

In the awarding ceremony that followed, Mr. Nishimura (NTT) was commended for his contribution to JIPA activities. Next, inaugural addresses was made by Mr. Mazuka (Fujitsu) for new Chairperson, Mr. Takahashi (TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN) for new vice-chairperson, and Mr. Yoshida (Panasonic) for new vice-chairperson. Mr. Okamoto ex-chairperson also made a speech for retirement.

Finally, JPO Director-General, General Affairs Department Mr. Koito gave a lecture for us on the theme of "The present situation and future prospects around Intellectual Property.” He talked about the latest global IP trend and the expectation on JIPA.

Mr. Fukano, JPO Commissioner, Mr. Sakurai, JPO Deputy Commissioner, and Mr. Uchiyama, Secretary General of IP Strategy Headquarter impromptu attended the reception which was held after the annual meeting.

The fine weather on the day was ideal for viewing the garden from the reception room. Participants enjoyed themselves and conversations became really stimulated.

[Update 2013-05-31 ]