There's good news for anyone planning to securitise patents in Japan, according to an article on Intellectual Asset Management magazine's editor's blog. The article, "Securitising patents in the global credit crunch" by Yohei Iwasaki (Uchida & Samejima Law Firm), outlines the new Trust Law (Law 108/2006) which provides an alternative means for patent securitisation to the little-used Law Relating to the Securitisation of Assets. It enables investors to hold risk-manipulated beneficial interests that are related to the trustee, instead of bonds or shares. Moreover, entrusted patents are separated from the risk of an originator and/or a trustee going bankrupt. The author concludes that there is much optimism that securitisation transactions with innovative structures, using the new Trust Law, could become more common in future.