Organisation: Japan Patent Office

Asia-Pacific suffers cross-regional filing decline

WTR analyses trademark filing trends at major Asia-Pacific registers.

22 February 2024

New Balance unsuccessful in opposition against NYAN BALANCE

Surprisingly, the JPO did not find that NEW BALANCE had a high degree of reputation as a source indicator of New Balance’s products.

20 February 2024

Hummel successfully appeals against rejection of chevron position mark

The JPO Appeal Board concluded that the relevant consumers would recognise the position marks, which consisted of a chevron pattern applied to jackets and trousers, as a source indicator.

14 February 2024

Chanel defeated in trademark opposition against COCOCHI

While the JPO admitted that COCO had a high degree of reputation as a source indicator of Chanel’s perfumes, it questioned the mark’s renown in relation to other cosmetics.

01 February 2024

French fashion magazine Elle defeated in opposition against ELLLE HOTEL

While the JPO recognised that ELLE had become famous as a source indicator in connection with fashion magazines, it questioned whether the mark had acquired a certain degree of recognition in relation to Class 43 services.

25 January 2024

Hilton unsuccessful in opposition against LX HOTEL/LX RESORT

The JPO notably found that it had not been proven that there was a high degree of recognition of Hilton’s mark LXR HOTELS & RESORTS among the relevant consumers in Japan.

18 January 2024

Pierre Hermé unsuccessful in opposition against HOUSE OF HERME

Renowned French pastry chef Pierre Hermé failed in his attempt to prevent the registration of HOUSE OF HERME for services in Classes 35 and 43.

12 January 2024

Legal Updates you may have missed: food and beverage success stories

We continue our series highlighting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed by looking at success stories in the food and beverage sector - with three of the four cases reviewed involving GIs for alcoholic beverages.

10 January 2024

Legal Updates you may have missed: three fails - and one win - for non-traditional trademarks

Each quarter WTR runs a series of pieces highlighting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed. To kick off the latest series, we look at cases where rights holders in various industries have attempted to register or defend their non-traditional trademarks.

08 January 2024

JPO finds that ADEAM ICHI is not similar to ICHI

In a surprising decision, the JPO’s Appeal Board has reversed the refusal of the mark ADEAM ICHI, finding that it was dissimilar to earlier registrations for the mark ICHI.

08 January 2024

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