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Trump Card for Countermeasures against Imitations

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (TOPPAN) has developed the world’s first hologram that shines in pastel color when viewed from the front, and shines in monochrome when viewed from certain angles. And this hologram can be manufactured by only TOPPAN’s proprietary manufacturing method. Therefore, if this hologram is affixed only to a genuine article, we can easily distinguish authentic one.   Related posts: Maricar Co. was sued by Nintendo J-PlatPat was suffered a serious cyber attack JPO plans to use AI in examination tasks How to protect regional branding of agricultural products

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Trademark Race in Japan

Zen International Patents and Trademarks In 2019, the new emperor of Japan will take the throne. And when the new emperor succeeds to the throne, the new era name will be adopted. Many companies consider this as a business opportunity and are trying to register trademark containing characters of the new era name. The trademark rights is granted to the company that applied for trademark registration earliest. Therefore, as soon as a new era name is announced, Trademark Race to gain trademarks related to new era name will start. By the way, the new era name itself can not be registered as a trademark. Related posts: How much is the …

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QR Code

Zen International Patents and Trademark The QR code was invented by a Japanese company, DENSO WAVE (DENSO at the time of invention).  Although DENSO owns several related patents, it has decided not to exercise the rights in order to standardize QR code. Nowadays, we can see QR code in various places. The QR code that links to the GO TOKYO tourist information site, appears even on the back of the uniform worn by the Tokyo Tourism Volunteers. (See below image) A QR code that is capable of being read in 360 degrees, is made of multiple rows and columns and a position marker is placed at the three corners of the …

A shoulder strap for canes

Zen International Patents and Trademark A shoulder strap for canes named “ARUKUTOMO” has been featured on TV in Japan. The biggest feature of the product is that a cane will not fall on the floor even if a cane user let go the cane. “ARUKUTOMO”’s shoulder belt does not slip off a user’s shoulder easily and it is designed to enable the user to hook the cane. Mr. Kazuyoshi Endo invented the product after a stroke left him paralyzed on his left side of the body. People in the same situation as Mr. Endo, are very worried about dropping their canes since picking up them is extremely difficult. – For …

11 Countries Except the United States Agreed in Principal on TPP

Zen International Patents and Trademarks In a ministerial meeting held in central Da Nang in central Vietnam on 11th November 2017, Japan and Vietnam, the presidencies, announced that 11 countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreeded in principle about the content of the new agreement named “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP)”. However, regarding the extension of the duration of the copyright to 70 years, 11 countries decided to continue discussion further. Japan is aiming to conclude the new agreement at an early date. Related posts: Maricar Co. was sued by Nintendo Kumamon’s 2016 Annual Sales Japan Character Award 2017ーThe grand prize was given to ”Pokemon” It will …

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