Topics Archives

Topics Archives

2017

  • November 5, 2017
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a presentation titled "Japanese Perspective on the Issue of Damages and Proving Patent Infringement in light of 'Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics'" in APAA 67th Annual Council Meeting held at Auckland.
  • October 17, 2017
    Mr. Nobushige Furuhashi served as a panelist at the session titled "What's the Technical Problem" in 2017 AIPPI World Congress.
  • June 13 & 15, 2017
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a presentation titled "Latest Developments in Inventive Step in Japan and Case Law" at European Patent Office (in Munich on June 13th, in The Hague on June 15th).
  • April 20・21, 2017
    Ms. Shimako Kato served as a panelist at the sessions titled "Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel in Europe" and "Patent Potpourri" in 25th Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Conference.
  • April 2017
    Ms. Emiko Maki wrote an article titled "Latest Supreme Court Decision regarding Trademark Law -Summary of the Supreme Court Decision Dated February 28, 2017" published on "Patents & Licensing (Vol. 46, No.6 (Issue No. 268))".
  • February 7 & 9, 2017
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a presentation titled "Latest Developments in Patent Litigation in Japan -Important Court Decisions for Exercising Patent Rights in Japan-" at Discover IP Japan Conference 2017 hosted by Japan Patent Attorneys Association held in Seattle (Feb. 7) and Palo Alto (Feb. 9).
  • January 31 – February 1, 2017
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi, Mr. Hirokazu Honda, Ms. Kaoru Kuroda, gave presentations at the AIPLA 2017 Mid-Winter Institute IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting. The titles of their presentations are as follows:
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi "Decision on Scope of Extended Patent Right by District Court & Grand Panel in IP High Court"
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda "PARODY: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE"
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda "Cases of Clarity Requirement of PBP Claims after the Supreme Court Decision"

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2016

  • December 2016
    Mr. Mitsuru Hakoda wrote an article entitled "Brief Introduction of Patent License Recordation System in Japan and Comparison of Recordation of Patent License among the IP5 Offices from Procedural Aspects" published on Patents & Licensing (Vol.46, No.4 (Issue No. 266)).
  • October 25, 2016
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave presentation titled "Decisions & Discussions on Order to Produce Documents in Patent Litigation" at AIPLA Annual Meeting IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting.
  • April 15, 2016
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi served as a panelist on panel discussion titled "Overcoming Difficult Inventive Step Objections" at IPTA Annual Conference held in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • April 2016
    Mr. Tomohiro Yoneyama wrote an article entitled "Protection of Trade Secrets by the Unfair Competition Prevention Act Revised in 2015" published on Patents & Licensing (Vol.45, No.6 (Issue No. 262)).
  • January 30, 2016
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda acted as a panelist at the session titled "Paying the Piper: Fee Shifting in IP Litigation outside the U.S." in AIPLA 2016 Mid-Winter Institute.
  • January 26, 2016
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi, Mr. Hirokazu Honda, Ms. Shimako Kato, Ms. Kaoru Kuroda, gave presentations at the AIPLA 2016 Mid-Winter Institute IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting. The titles of their presentations are as follows:
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi "New Employee Invention System and Guidelines therefor in Japan"
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda "JP Supreme Court (Nov. 17, 2015) Patent Term Extension based on Second Marketing Approval"
    Ms. Shimako Kato "Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Product-by-Process Claim"
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda "How Different or Similar? –Japanese Patent Litigation in Major Asian Countries"

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2015

  • December 2015
    Mr. Shoichiro Kajinami wrote an article entitled "First Judgement Applying Criteria of FRAND Declaration by IP High Court" published on Patents & Licensing (Vol.45, No.4 Issue No.260 December 2015).
  • November 26, 2015
    Mr. Makoto Hattori and Ms. Nodoka Nakamura co-authored the Japan chapter of the book titled "Domain Name Law and Practice an International Handbook (Second Edition)" published by Oxford University Press.
  • October 13, 2015
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda acted as a panelist at the session titled "Double jeopardy: policy-based examination of patent validity" in 2015 AIPPI World Congress.
  • September, 2015
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda wrote an article entitled "The Intellectual Property High Court Grand Panel Cases on the Enforcement of Patents Subject to a FRAND Declaration" published on AIPPI International Edition (Vol.40 No.5).
  • April 20, 2015
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a presentation on "Patentable Subject Matter in Japan" at the Joint Meeting by AIPLA and LES Japan held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • April 8-9, 2015
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a presentation on "Medical Use Patent in Japan-Tips for Obtaining and Enforcing Patent" at the 23rd Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference held in Cambridge, UK.
  • March 2, 2015
    Mr. Yasuhito Suzuki gave a presentation on "New Types of Trademark in Japan" at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association IP Practitioner Seminar held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • March 1, 2015
    Mr. Go Arai, patent attorney, joined the firm.
  • January 28, 2015
    Our website has been renewed.
  • January 27, 2015
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi, Mr. Hirokazu Honda, Ms. Shimako Kato and Ms. Kaoru Kuroda gave presentations at the AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting. The title of their presentations are as follows:
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi "New Scheme of Employee Invention System in Japan"
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda "Road to Reform on Protection & Utilization of Trade Secret"
    Ms. Shimako Kato "Trends Relating to Patent Infringement Litigation in Japan: Five Good Reasons to File Lawsuits in Japan"
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda "Recent Decision(s) Relating to Employee Inventions"

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2014

  • October 2014
    Ms. Nodoka Nakamura wrote an article entitled "Recent Trends in Court Judgments Concerning Damages in Japanese Patent Infringement Litigations" published on the English Journal "AIPPI" (AIPPI International Edition Vol. 39 No. 6).
  • October 21, 2014
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on "Royalty Amount in FRAND: IP High Court Grand Panel Decision" at the AIPLA Annual Meeting IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting held in Washington D.C.
  • September 2014
    Ms. Mami Hino wrote an article entitled "Patent Term Extension in Japan –Recent IP High Court Grand Panel Decision–" published on the English Journal "AIPPI" (AIPPI International Edition Vol.39 No.5).
  • June 2014
    Mr. Makoto Hattori and Ms. Nodoka Nakamura co-authored the Japan chapter of the book titled "Getting the Deal Through – Domains & Domain Names 2014" published by Law Business Research Ltd.
  • April 25, 2014
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi participated as a panelist in Fordham IP Conference and gave a speech on Japan's determination of patentability titled "Situation of the criteria for the patentable subject matter in Japan"
  • March 28, 2014
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi participated as a panelist in LES US/Canada Mid-Year Meeting and gave a speech on "IDEA as to HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ROYALTY already paid from perspective in Japan" at the workshop called "I Built My Patent Portfolio, But Did I Build it on Quicksand?"

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2013

  • August 3, 2013
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Battles Over Standards for Finding Inventive Step -On Which Points Do the IP High Court and JPO Emphasize?-" at APAA Patents Committee Group Level Joint Meeting held in Seoul.
  • August, 2013
    Ms. Shimako Kato wrote an article on "Has Japan Become a Patentee-Friendly Forum?" published in Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht (Journal of Japanese Law) Vol.18 No.35.
  • August, 2013
    Mr. Megumu Kurokawa, Ms. Mami Hino co-authored the Japan chapter of the book titled "Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software" (published by Globe Law and Business).
  • July 26-27, 2013
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "FRAND Defense Case in Japan -Comparison with Korean Case-" at 2013 High Technology Protection Summit held in University of Washington.
  • May 2013
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda wrote an article on "Indirect Infringement of Patent for Combination of Drugs" published on AIPPI International Edition Vol.38 No.3.
  • April 22-25, 2013
    Mr. Takashi Fujita participated as a panelist in the panel discussion, "How Much is Enough? Patentable Utility of Biopharmaceutical Inventions", at BIO International Convention 2013.
  • April 10, 2013
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda gave a lecture on "Indirect Infringement of Patent for Combination of Drugs (part 2)" at AIPLA, AIPPI and Japan Federation of Bar Associations Joint-Meeting.
  • April 10, 2013
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Amendment to Patent Act in Japan" at the workshop, "Implementation of Reformed Patent Laws in the U.S., Japan and Brazil", at LESI Annual Meeting 2013.
  • April 4-5, 2013
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Japanese View about Subject Matter Eligibility of Gene Patents -Should the bar be raised?" at 21st Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference.
  • March 5, 2013
    Mr. Yasuhito Suzuki gave a lecture on "Trademark Issues over the Internet" at 2013 IP Practitioners Seminar held by Japan Patent Attorneys Association.
  • Jan 29-30, 2013
    Ms. Kaoru Kuroda gave a lecture on "Indirect Infringement of Patent for Combination of Drugs" at AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting held by AIPLA and AIPPI.

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2012

  • October 23, 2012
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Has Japan become a patentee-friendly forum? "at a seminar held by German-Japanese Associates of Jurists at Taylor Wessing in Munich.
  • October 14-17, 2012
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Practical Implication of Enactment of Reformed Patent Laws/Regulations in the U.S., Europe and Japan·Amendment to Patent Action in Japan "at LES-US/Canada Annual Meeting.
  • July 2012
    Mr. Makoto Hattori wrote an article on "Review of the "Model Procedural Timetable for Patent Infringement Litigation (Infringement Disputes)" published by the Intellectual Property Divisions of Tokyo District Court" (AIPPI International Edition Vol.37 No.4).
  • May 11, 2012
    Ms. Mami Hino spoke on "US Counsel Alert! Recent Developments in IP Law in Japan" at AIPLA Spring Meeting held in Texas.
  • April 12.13, 2012
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Has Japan Become a Patentee-friendly Forum? –Recent Patent Infringement Cases in Japan" at Fordham 20th IP Conference.
  • April 2, 2012
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Amendment to Patent Act in Japan" at LES International Annual Conference.
  • January 23, 2012
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Finding of Invention Disclosed in Cited Prior Art in Finding Non-Inventive Step" at the Pre-Meeting of AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting.

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2011

  • December, 2011
    Ms. Mami Hino authored the Japan chapter of the book titled "Intellectual Property in Life Sciences"(Globe Business Publishing).
  • October 18, 2011
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Amendment to Patent Act in Japan" at LES US/Canada Annual Meeting.
  • September 7, 2011
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on "Statistical Trend in 2010 & 2011 on Patent Infringement Litigation -JP District Courts" at AIPLA, AIPPI-Japan, and JFBA Joint-Meeting.
  • September 6, 2011
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi gave a presentation on "Japanese IP Reform 2011" at AIPLA and JPAA Joint-Meeting.
  • July, 2011
    Mr. Makoto Hattori wrote an article on "Patent Infringement by Multiple Parties in Japan" published in "Patent Practice in Japan and Europe" (Kluwer Law International).
  • July, 2011
    Mr. Eiji Katayama wrote an article on "Positive Attitude of the Japanese Judiciary on Patent Cases" published in "Patent Practice in Japan and Europe" (Kluwer Law International).
  • May 23-25, 2011
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Obviousness and the Role of Secondary Considerations in Deciding Obviousness" at IPO 6th International Judges Conference held at Brussels, Belgium.
  • May 4, 2011
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "IP Prosecution and Enforcement in Japan" at a seminar held by German-Japanese Association of Jurists at Latham & Watkins LLP in Hamburg.
  • April 28-29, 2011
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Recent Developments in Inventiveness in Japan" at Fordham 19th Annual Conference Intellectual Law and Policy.
  • March 2, 2011
    Mr. Yasuhito Suzuki gave a lecture on "New Types of Trademarks in Japan" at 2011 JPAA IP Practice Seminar held in Manila, Philippines.
  • March, 2011
    Mr. Makoto Hattori wrote an article on "Revision of the Patent Act in Japan" published on AIPPI International Edition Vol.36 No.2.
  • February 2, 2011
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Double Track in Japan" at Joint Pre-Meeting held by AIPLA and AIPPI Japan to AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting.
  • January 7, 2011
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Double Track in Japan" at Global Forum of Intellectaul Property held at Singapore.

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2010

  • December 27, 2010
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi gave a lecture as an affiliate professor on "Intellectual Property System -General and Specifics-" at Renmin University (Beijing, China).
  • December, 2010
    Ms. Shimako Kato wrote an article on "Die Erfinderische Tätigkeit in Japan" published on VPP Rundbrief (Nr.4, Dezember 2010).
  • September 25, 2010
    Mr. Junichi Kitahara wrote an article on "Appellate Decision in the "Hollow Golf Club Head Case" (Intellectual Property High Court Interlocutory Decision, June 29, 2009)" published on AIPPI International Edition Vol.35 No.5.
  • September 9, 2010
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi participated as a panelist in FICPI 12th Open Forum and gave a speech on "Arbitration in Japan" at the Arbitration workshop.
  • June 6-8, 2010
    Mr. Yasuhito Suzuki gave a lecture on "Most Recent Cases Affecting Trademark Licensing" at LES Pan European Conference 2010 held at Budapest, Hungary.
  • May 6-7, 2010
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Die Erfinderische Tätigkeit in Japan" at VPP Frühjahrs-Fachtagung 2010.
  • April 12, 2010
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Patent Term Extension in Japan" for the workshop hosted by Chemical, Energy, Environmental and Material Committee at LESI Annual Meeting 2010.
  • April 8-9, 2010
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Development in Description Requirement in Japan" at Fordham 18th Annual Conference Intellectual Property Law & Policy.
  • January 26, 2010
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on "Successful Action against Generic: Injunctions, Damages & Prior User Right" at AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting, Pre-Meeting.
  • January 26, 2010
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Ease of Invention" at AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting, Pre-Meeting.

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2009

  • Oct. 19, 2009
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi participated in the panel discussion as a panelist at the LES 2009 Annual Meeting and gave a lecture on "International Patent Exhaustion in the Wake of Quanta v. LG: The Global Impact on Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Transactions".
  • Oct. 13, 2009
    Mr. Masahiro Otsuki gave a lecture on "Japan Patent Reform -Report on JPO Commissioner's Study Group" at the AIPLA 2009 Annual Meeting IP Practice in Japan Committee -Pre-meeting.
  • Oct. 10-15, 2009
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Selection Invention -A View From the Japanese Case Law-" at AIPPI Forum & Executive Committee Meeting.
  • Sept. 23, 2009
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Patent Litigation in Japan From an Attorney's Point of View" at "International Symposium Patent Litigation in Japan and Germany".
  • July 24.25, 2009
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Doctrine of Equivalents in Japan Perspective from Attorney" at 2009 CASRIP High Technology Protection Summit hosted by University of Washington School of Law.
  • June 10, 2009
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi moderated and gave a lecture on "Licensing Opportunities in Environmental Technologies - How to Cope with Global Warming" for the workshop hosted by Chemical, Energy and Environment Committee at LESI Annual Conference 2009.
  • May, 2009
    Mr. Yasuhito Suzuki wrote an article on "Japan's Customs crackdown" published on Managing Intellectual Property (May 2009).
  • April 15.16, 2009
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Proof Issues under the Japanese Patent Litigation" at Fordham University School of Law Seventeenth Annual Conference International Intellectual Property Law & Policy.
  • April 15.16, 2009
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Recent Decisions Regarding Pharmaceutical Patents in Japan" at Fordham University School of Law Seventeenth Annual Conference International Intellectual Property Law & Policy.
  • January 27, 2009
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi gave a lecture on "Case Law in Japan Rendered by IP High Court on "Scope of Examination in Appeal from Examiner's Rejection"" at AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting, Pre-Meeting.
  • January 9, 2009
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Discussion over Patentable Subject Matter in Japan" at Global Forum on Intellectual Property 2009 held by IP Academy (Singapore).

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2008

  • December 2, 2008
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi gave a lecture on "IP High Court Decision re Disclaimer" at CIPA-JPAA Joint Meeting.
  • November 6, 2008
    Ms. Mami Hino and Ms. Shimako Kato made an e-presentation entitled "Keeping Current in International Patent Practice-JAPAN" which is being delivered through International Patent Webiner program run by American University Washington College of Law.
  • October 21, 2008
    Mr. Makoto Hattori gave a lecture on "Possibility of Limiting Injunctive Relief Under the Japanese Law" at the AIPLA Annual Meeting IP Practice in Japan Committee - Pre-meeting.
  • October 20, 2008
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi gave a lecture on "IP High Court Enlarged Panel Decision re Disclaimer" at the AIPLA Annual Meeting IP Practice in Japan Committee - Pre-meeting.
  • September 25, 2008
    Ms. Naho Ebata wrote an article on "Amendment of Patent Specification and Change of Gist" published on AIPPI Journal of the Japanese Group Vol.53 No.9.
  • September 23, 2008
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Employee Invention in Japan" at the IPO Annual Meeting.
  • September 9, 2008
    Mr. Eiji Katayama gave a lecture on "Patent Remedies and Compulsory License" at the AIPPI Congress.
  • May, 2008
    Mr. Makoto Hattori co-authored a book titled "Handbuch des Domainrechts"published by Carl Heymanns Verlag.
  • May 5, 2008
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi moderated a workshop on "Novelty of Chemical Compositions - Interpretation of Sale as Public Practice" and gave a lecture on "Novelty of Chemical Compositions - Interpretation of Sale as Public Practice - The View from Japan" during the workshop.
  • March 26, 2008
    Ms. Shimako Kato gave a lecture on "Patent Exhaustion Doctrine in Japan; In the light of recent supreme court decision" at the Fordham Annual Conference of Intellectual Property Law & Policy jointly held by IP Academy (Singapore) and Fordham University School of Law.
  • January 22, 2008
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi presented a talk on "Interplay between Invalidity Defense and Possible Correction of Patent" at the pre-meeting of AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting jointly held by AIPLA, Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) and AIPPI Japan.  The topic shows that the trend in the court's attitude in the patent infringement suit is coming back from harshly anti-patentee point to normal point.
  • January 22, 2008
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on "Update on Recent Statistics on Patent Infringement Lawsuits in Japan" at AIPLA MWI Pre-Meeting.

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2007

  • October 16, 2007
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on "Settlement Practice in Employee's Invention Lawsuits" at AIPLA Annual Meeting.
  • September 25, 2007
    Mr. Makoto Hattori wrote an article on "Customs Procedures for Goods Suspected of Infringing Patents" published on AIPPI International Edition Vol.32 No.5.
  • June 26, 2007
    Mr. Makoto Hattori gave a lecture on "How Pharmaceutical Makers use Trademark Law to exclude Generic Manufacturers" at the Institute of European Studies of Macau.
  • April 18, 2007
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on the "Recent Infringement Judgments - Cases in which Patentees Won!" at the Spring Meeting held by AIPLA, AIPPI-Japan and Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
  • April 18, 2007
    Ms. Naho Ebata gave a lecture on the "New System for Registration of Comprehensive License Agreements" at the Spring Meeting held by AIPLA, AIPPI-Japan and Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
  • February 1, 2007
    Mr. Makoto Hattori and Ms. Nodoka Nakamura wrote an article in the "Managing Intellectual Property Survey 2007", outlining the rules and procedures applying to the use of expert witness evidence in Japan's courts.
  • January 23, 2007
    Mr. Hirokazu Honda gave a lecture on the "Double Track in Invalidity Defense & Section 104ter of JP Patent Law" at the AIPLA MWI Pre-Meeting held by AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee.

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2006

  • October 17, 2006
    Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi gave a presentation on the recent case law in pharmaceutical field at the joint meeting held by JPAA American IP Practice Group and AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee.
  • April 10, 2006
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi, participated in the panel discussion on "Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Pacific Rim" in the International Conference of LES held in Seoul, Korea.
  • March 6, 2006
    Ms. Sumiko Kobayashi, patent attorney, presented the divisional application system in Japan at the seminar introducing a patent divisional application system in six countries of Japan, the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada. Her presentation drew the audience's interest in the historical changes in the acceptable scope of claims in divisional applications in connection with a parent application.
  • February 1, 2006
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