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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon payment of the trademark registration fee, the JPO will issue and mail you a registration certificate. The certificate contains information about the trademark registration and should be kept in a safe place.
Just because you have registered your trademark does not mean you are safe. Trademarks must be used continuously or they can be revoked. In addition, use of a trademark does not mean simply "using" the trademark, so it is important to be aware of the "use" of your trademark after it has been registered. This article provides information on "use" of a trademark.
Trademark rights can be renewed semi-permanently by registering a renewal before the expiration of the trademark's 10-year term, but failure to do so will result in loss of validity. The following is an explanation of what the holder can do when the term expires and the trademark right has lapsed.
What should a person who wants to register and use a trademark for a new product do if the trademark has already been registered by someone else? The right advice from a major patent law firm with expertise in the invalidation system and filing a request for a trial!