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Japan added to EU's design search engine

International service to help curb knockoffs abroad

TOKYO -- The Japan Patent Office has teamed up with a European counterpart to share industrial design information, enabling businesses to check for similar products in other countries and combat imitations.

Japanese data has been added to the European Union Intellectual Property Office's Designview online search tool, which now boasts access to more than 13 million designs and 54 participating intellectual property offices from around the world.

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