World Trademark Review 1000 2021

The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Japan

Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games until 2021 may have left a massive dent in the trademark landscape – not to mention disappointing sports fans worldwide – but Japan remains focused on improving its IP protection system. With the number of trademark applications filed at the Japan Patent Office (JPO)...

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Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games until 2021 may have left a massive dent in the trademark landscape – not to mention disappointing sports fans worldwide – but Japan remains focused on improving its IP protection system. With the number of trademark applications filed at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) rising while the number of trademark examiners has fallen, filings have begun to significantly exceed examinations, thus increasing total pendency – the period from application filing to final trademark grant or refusal – from six months in 2014 to 10.9 months in 2019. In response, the JPO has renewed efforts to improve the efficiency of examination practices and strengthen its examination system. At the same time, the office can breathe a sigh of relief as the world’s most prolific trademark filer, Ikuhiro Ueda, slowed down his filing activity to less than 100 applications between September and December 2019; Ueda had filed 108,000 applications since 2014. In addition, the JPO has launched an anti-counterfeiting awareness campaign to help domestic SMEs confront fake goods manufacturers.

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