This article is designed to help you prepare an application for trademark registration. It provides links to templates and basic information about the process, and briefly explains how to fill out the form and the preliminary search. It is an easy-to-follow guide to help you get started smoothly with your trademark registration.
The procedures of the JPO of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have been reviewed regarding seals. Except for some procedures, seals are no longer required. In this article, we will review the revised procedures regarding seals.
For Amazon sellers or who considering listing their products on Amazon, this section explains the requirements for Amazon brand registry and the most important requirement, 'trademark registration' and its benefits.
Trademark registration is required for Amazon Brand Registry for those who sell on Amazon or are planning to sell on Amazon. This article explains the trademark registration required for enrollment in the Brand Registry and the benefits gained by a registered trademark on Amazon.
Is it possible to register a trademark that is partially identical to another's trademark in Japan? Or can a claim of infringement be made against a another's trademark that is partially identical to my own trademark in Japan? This article explains the similarity and dissimilarity of combined trademarks with examples.
Amazon brand registry provides a great benefit for Amazon sellers. If you want to apply for Amazon brand registry but don't know how to do it, this article provides an easy-to-understanding explanation on how to apply, what you need to include in your application, and trademark registration required for the application.
In order to have your trademark application registered, you need to respond to a notice from the JPO called a decision of trademark registration. In this section, we will explain what an "decision of trademark registration" is, and then look at how to respond to the decision of trademark registration.
This page provides an overview of applications for trademark registration with priority claims and the procedures to be taken with the JPO, both for applications to the Japanese Patent Office and applications to foreign patent offices.
Trademark rights can be transferred to another person. There are various causes, but an application for registration of transfer must also be filed in the case of inheritance, corporate merger or split, etc.
When you receive Notice of reasons for refusal (Office Action) to a trademark application, a request for extension of response deadline to Office Action can be filed. The article explains the revisions on the request for extension started as of January 1, 2022.
A divisional application is an application for trademark registration in which a part of the designated goods or services of the applied-for trademark is divided. This article explains when to file a divisional application and some important points to keep in mind.
In order to use someone's registered trademark, such as when you want to sell a product using a registered trademark owned by another company, you need to conclude a license agreement and obtain permission to use the trademark. This article explains the types of trademark licensing agreements, their contents, and royalty rates.
Trademark registration is intended to protect the mark or name that you put on your products or services. Design registration is for the protection of original designs. This article explains the features of each right and the advantages of using both rights together.
If I want to expand the scope of use of my trademark, can I add more classes or designated goods/services to my trademark? In this article, we will explain whether or not it is possible to add a trademark "after the application has been filed".
This article explains whether foreigners can apply for Japanese patents and trademark registrations. It also includes information on how to file an application with the Japan Patent Office and where to go for advice.
As many as 26,000 trademark applications are filed in China each day. This includes preemptive trademark applications for Japanese place names, brands, etc., creating obstacles for Japanese companies in their business activities in China. Trademark registration is essential for successful business in China. This article explains the necessity of registering a trademark in China and the precautions to take when filing an application.
This article explains third party’s observation system for trademarks, in which you submit information that will work against the examination of an another party’s trademark application by the Japan Patent Office when you want to prevent the trademark application from being registered. Advantages and disadvantages of the system are explained in detail.
In order to maintain a registered trademark, renewal procedures must be filed with the JPO every 10 years. Although renewal is every 10 years, the registration fee can be paid in installments of 5 years each. The advantages and disadvantages of paying in installments are explained.
Are there any disadvantages to applying for and registering a trademark in Japan? This article explains the advantages and disadvantages of registering a trademark in Japan and provides some countermeasures to the disadvantages.
This article explains the concept of trademark registration when the prospects for use of the trademark are uncertain, and how to obtain trademark rights in order to avoid cancellation after registration, as well as the system of non-use cancellation trials.
This article explains in detail how the regional collective trademark system differs from a regular trademark application. The article will also provide an overview of the system and introduce actual trademarks that have been registered.
The trademark opposition system gives third parties opportunities to seek cancellation of a trademark registration from a broad public interest perspective. The following is a specific explanation of what it entails, including the timing requirements to be aware of.
To register a trademark, it may be necessary to obtain permission (consent) from a specific person or company to use the registered trademark or to obtain permission (license agreement) to use the trademark from another party. This article provides a detailed explanation of trademark use and permission/permission.