Region: Japan

Tokyo police step up Olympic counterfeit enforcement; Chinese fraud on the USPTO register; Ralph & Russo sold – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Verizon selling the Yahoo! brand in Japan, the IP Office of the Philippines calling on better policies to tackle counterfeiting, a counterfeit haul destroyed in Jamaica, and much more.

06 July 2021

Register Tracker Asia-Pacific: January-April 2021

Featured in Prosecution

China dominates this landscape with local brand owners active at home and in neighbouring countries.

21 June 2021

Customs seizure based on trademark rights

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement: Global Guide 2021

Japanese Customs can seize imported goods that infringe trademark rights. If a trademark owner wishes Customs to seize infringing goods, the owner should record its trademark rights with Customs by filing a request for import seizure.

11 May 2021

Ueda: the world’s most prolific trademark filer

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q1: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

Japanese trademark practitioners first spoke out about a mysterious individual who had been filing thousands of trademark applications at the JPO in 2015. Since then, Ueda has been responsible for almost 140,000 filings at the office.

08 April 2021

Ikuhiro Ueda: The first individual in history to have filed over 100,000 trademark applications

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q1: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

Ueda’s filing spree is notable, and not only because he was the first individual in history to have filed over 100,000 trademark applications.

08 April 2021

“I am a good troll”: Ueda in his own words

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q1: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

In April 2019 WTR published an exclusive interview with Ueda, who shared with us a 17-page, 5,000-word manifesto on his vision for a reformed global IP rights system.

08 April 2021

Ueda in Japan: an attorney’s perspective

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q1: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

Ueda’s activities have been a significant talking point for the law firm community in Japan. Masaki Mikami, founder and IP attorney at MARKS IP LAW FIRM, discusses his personal experience and why the JPO’s response needs to go further.

08 April 2021

“Important news for policy-makers” – groundbreaking study reveals how trademarks effectively measure innovation

A major new study has revealed that trademark activity can be used as an indicator for regional innovation, with IP bodies urged to now build on the research.

24 March 2021

EUIPO ditches fax and CDs; JPO implements earthquake procedures; Reebok brand up for sale – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestle selling its US bottled water business, Anaqua acquiring Quantify IP, Mombasa port seeing an influx of fake vaccine shipments, and much more.

19 February 2021

Five years on: the current state of non-traditional marks in Japan

Half a decade after the law was changed to allow the registration of non-traditional marks, application numbers have dropped dramatically. A breakdown of the figures and exclusive insight from representatives of the Japan Patent Office provide clues as to the future of such marks in the country.

04 January 2021

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