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Japan to Conceal Key Patents to Boost Economic Security

Japan to Conceal Key Patents to Boost Economic Security

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Legislation that the Japanese government plans to submit to parliament shortly to enhance the country's economic security will call for making some key patents closed to the public, among other measures, officials said.
   The move is part of an effort to counter China's growing influence on technologies and supply chains.
   The main targets of the concealment of patents are nuclear-related and other advanced technologies such as quantum cryptography, which enhances the security of data communications.
   The bill will call on the government to examine the possibility of such technologies being converted for military use in foreign countries and limit the disclosure of patents of such technologies when necessary.
   Usually, a patent is disclosed to the public 18 months after the application is filed. If a patent is closed to the public, the government will compensate for licensing fees that the patent holder would have earned.

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