Region: Japan

Trademarks during covid: exclusive insights from law firm experts in China and Japan

WTR presents insights on how the events of 2020 shaped the trademark practice of Hu Gang in China, and Tomoe Takahashi and Mikako Tsukada in Japan.

24 December 2020

BrewDog trademark dispute regret; CJEU rejects wine bottle; Clarivate acquires Hanlim IPS – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at spoon-bender Uri Geller giving his permission to use a Pokemon after a two-decade dispute, Spin Master signing a licensing deal with Warner Bros, and much more.

01 December 2020

Supreme brand sold; Oatly trademark rejected; Panasonic launches anti-counterfeiting campaign – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Saturday Night Live riffing on the retirement of brand mascots, the American Retirement Association prevailing in an acronym dispute, and much more.

10 November 2020

Coca-Cola brand purge continues; TikTok star in Nintendo trademark spat; EUIPO scam alert – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the US Department of Homeland Security investing in an anti-counterfeit blockchain start-up, a next-generation trademark status tool launching, and much more.

13 October 2020

Amazon expands Transparency in Asia-Pacific, provides update on counterfeit interceptions

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Transparency product serialisation service to Australia and Japan.

01 October 2020

A year of change and growth at the Japan Patent Office

The past 12 months have been challenging for all national IP offices, but the Japanese registry has overcome major hurdles while seeing a rise in trademark filings and implementing significant changes.

23 September 2020

Asia-Pacific trends and top filers: 2019

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Filing data at the top Asia-Pacific IP offices reveals a region undergoing spectacular growth, accounting for a colossal 80% of trademark activity worldwide last year. Spearheading the effort is China – a nation with increasing influence over its neighbours, which shows no signs of slowing down.

23 September 2020

Super Mario at 35: brand lessons from Nintendo’s iconic mascot

As Nintendo’s famous mascot Mario celebrates its 35th anniversary, WTR looks at what brands can learn from the mustachioed hero.

21 September 2020

China eclipses United States in latest Asia-Pacific filing figures – with Alibaba top of the pile on home turf

WTR crunches the numbers at the leading Asia-Pacific trademark offices to reveal the extent of China’s emergence as a regional superpower, with Alibaba leading the way among both agent and corporate filers at its home registry.

21 September 2020

Japan Patent Office vows to improve examination pendency

With the average wait time from application to final examiner decision almost doubling in the space of five years, the Japan Patent Office has set itself a new target and implemented much-needed measures to improve examination pendency in the region.

14 September 2020

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