Not only is the United States trying to isolate China from its technological innovations, but so are its closest allies in the Asian region. In particular, Japan is beginning to apply similar tactics.
In February 2022, Japanese lawmakers will consider a document for the protection of intellectual property, which will allow the classification of all developments that are strategically important for national security and the country’s economy, said Channel News Asia.
A special commission will determine whether an invention must be registered in the public register of patents or classified. In the latter case, even after 18 months from the date of registration, the patent will not appear in the public database of the patent office.
Thus, the government wants to limit the access of “ill-wishers” to the work of Japanese experts in the field of nuclear energy and quantum computing. To avoid having to incur losses from lost license fees, Japanese companies are ready to compensate them with up to 5% of their revenues for 20 years.
At the same time, the government intends to limit the import of equipment from companies operating in the infrastructure sector. Telecommunications operators, banks and energy companies will not be able to buy foreign equipment without control – mostly Chinese.
The special commission will approve the purchase of foreign equipment and if there is reason to suspect that it is unreliable from the point of view of cybersecurity, the transactions will not be approved.