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The Japanese Trademark Act protects registered trademarks only. There is no requirement for actual use of the trademark at the time of registration. Japan operates a ‘first to file’ system. The first to file a trademark registration application may obtain through examination by the Japan Patent Office the registration of a trademark over a prior user of the same mark.


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