The government plans to submit a bill to the Diet that would strengthen penalties against violators of intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks and design rights by imposing a maximum 10-year prison term and 10 million yen fine on violators, officials said Monday.

The bill is set to be approved at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday and submitted to the current ordinary Diet session, with the government aiming to put the stiffer regulations in place by next year, they said.

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