Region: Japan

MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: news round-up

In this news round-up, we look at how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products and how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting.

03 October 2017

Can you register a parody trademark?

The registrant in a recent case registered the trademark FRANCK MIURA in Japanese katakana and Chinese characters with regard to its lookalikes of Franck Muller's well-known luxury watches. However, the design similarities were not at issue in this case. Rather, the case centred on the similarity of, and the likelihood of confusion between, the trademark and three prior FRANCK MULLER marks.

20 June 2017

Japanese trademark pendency times rise with registrations; interest in non-traditional marks cools

While the Japan Patent Office registered more trademarks last year than it has in almost a decade, new data indicates that it is also taking more time than ever before to decide whether applications should be granted or refused.

20 April 2017

Trademark registrations up, designs down as the Japan Patent Office reveals the top registrants for 2016

The Japan Patent Office received its highest number of trademark applications in 10 years during 2016, according to the agency’s latest annual report. Of the top 10 registrants last year, nine were Japanese entities (the exception being South Korea’s LG Electronics).

07 April 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/2020

The Trademark Law and its related regulations govern the registration and protection of trademarks in Japan. The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Revisions to the examination guidelines are underway and additional revisions (eg, guidelines on judging the similarities between trademarks) are currently under discussion.

29 March 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/2018

The Trademark Law and its related regulations govern the registration and protection of trademarks in Japan. The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Revisions to the examination guidelines are underway and additional revisions (eg, guidelines on judging the similarities between trademarks) are currently under discussion.

29 March 2017

Japan’s top trademark filer hits headlines as government seeks to rein in squatting problem

Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry has called for measures to combat the activities of ‘IP trolls’, including trademark squatting – an issue that is attracting increased attention in the country.

30 September 2016

Pokémon GO illustrates the power of AR: what it means for trademark counsel

While still in its nascent stages, the success of Pokémon GO has provided a glimpse into the potential of augmented reality (AR) – and if the technology goes truly mainstream, there will be a direct impact on the work of trademark counsel. A new study from Perkins Coie and virtual reality proponent Upload takes a look at industry expectations for AR and virtual reality.

13 September 2016

New CEO seeks to rein in trademark licensing as part of Sharp turnaround plan

Foxconn’s $3.5 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Sharp, which was completed last month, marked what is presumably the largest foreign takeover of a Japanese company yet. And with the Taiwanese outfit’s installation of one of its own team as CEO, Sharp’s brand strategy appears to be heading in a new direction.

02 September 2016

New commissioner at Japan’s trademark office promises faster prosecution and greater focus on licensing

The Japan Patent Office has a new commissioner, and he has indicated that building an environment conducive to IP licensing and sales in order to exploit the country’s “brand power” will be at the top of the agency’s agenda for the foreseeable future.

29 July 2016

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