"Japan is one of the world’s leading investors in research and development, yet its return on investment has not always been bountiful. In the field of technology, the trade surplus has grown to an annual 2 trillion yen through the international trade of intellectual property licensing fees...about 70 percent of the surplus comes from selling licenses by companies’ overseas subsidiaries. “There’s still room for companies to earn more abroad [by selling more licenses],” according to an industry observer."
Fund adds financial muscle to patent fight
By Yoshihisa Mizukami and Takeyuki Hitokoto
July 29th 2013