Region: Japan

McDonald’s changes name to WcDonald’s; Aldi loses M&S appeal; Superdry settles dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at major cities heading to the metaverse, Tony’s Chocolonely being forced to change packaging, and much more.

27 February 2024

Louis Vuitton Malletier loses trademark dispute over ‘LV’ monogram

The JPO found that there was no likelihood of confusion between Louis Vuitton Malletier’s famous ‘LV’ monogram and a figurative mark including a monogram-like device in Classes 18 and 25.

26 February 2024

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

Brand protection at the Japanese border: strategies from the frontline

We examine brand protection challenges and strategies at the borders and ports of entry in Japan.

06 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

Pokémon's Palworld investigation; “unsettling” decision in Thatchers v Aldi; LEGO brick validity – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Levi Strauss suing an Italian luxury brand, Hong Kong Customs seizing $1.3 million in counterfeit electronic products and much more.

26 January 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

Italy fraud warning; Japan Letter of Consent Q&A; expanded SME fund – IP office updates

In our latest update, we look at the Swedish Patent and Registration Office responding to a recent counterfeiting report, Japan and China exchanging views on IP protection, and much more.

24 January 2024

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