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Academics, corporate leaders and companies were among recipients Tuesday of the Japan Patent Office’s 2006 intellectual property rights system awards.

The awards recognize contributions to the development of intellectual property rights and their management.

Masayasu Ishida, a professor at Science University of Tokyo; Toshiyuki Okubo, president of Chiba-based Harima Sangyo; and Yuji Kuroda, patent attorney at Kuroda Patent Offices, received the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for their work promoting intellectual property rights.

The minister’s citation was given to companies using intellectual property rights as part of their business strategy. Recipients included Unicharm Corp., Wakayama-based Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Nifco Inc. and Kyowa Chemical Industry Co.

Three individuals and 10 companies received the Japan Patent Office Commissioner Award.