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Color per se mark in Japan

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Since April 1, 2015, Japan Patent Office has accepted non-conventional trademark applications such as “motion mark”, “hologram mark”, “color per se mark”, “sound mark” and “position mark”. With respect to “color per se mark”, althogh more than 450 applicaitions have been filed, no mark has been registered so far. Please refer to the color mark of trademark application no. 2015-29831 in the name of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc.  This application also has been under examination.

Examination Guidelines for Patent related to foods was revised

Zen International Patents and Trademarks Japan Patent Office revised the Examination Guidelines for Patent related to foods on April 1, 2016. Before April 1, 2016, It was difficult to grant a patent of foods in japan. But after revising the Examination Guidelines, it is now possible to grant a patent related to foods as we as other fields in japan.

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Annual ranking of U.S. patent recipients

Zen International Patents and Trademarks IFI CLAIMS Patent Services announced an annual ranking of U.S. patent recipients for 2016. IBM ranks in first place with 8,088 patents and followed by Samsung and Canon with 5,518 and 3,665 patents, respectively. IBM has held the top slot for 24 consecutive years.  

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Response period of notice of reasons for refusal

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to PRESS RELEASE of Japan Patent Office, The operation concerning extension of the response period of the reasons for refusal in the patent application or trademark registration application has been changed.  A two-month extension of the response period is permitted with one request without reasonable grounds.  A further one month extension of the response period is permitted with the second request without reasonable grounds. Extension of the period up to three months is allowed.

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The 11th edision of Nice Classification

Zen International Patents and Trademarks The latest edition (the 11th edision)  of an international classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks (Nice Classification) came into force on January 1, 2017.  For more details on Nice Classificatin, please click here.

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New patent classification for IoT-based technologies

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to PRESS RELEASE of Japan Patent Office (JPO), JPO created a new patent classification (ZIT) for IoT-based technologies. This patent classification is This patent classification is to be introduced ahead of the world. From 2017, IP users can comprehensively collect and analyze japanese patent information on IoT-based technologies by using J-PlatPat.

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Trademark “PPAP”

Zen International Patents and Trademarks The song “PPAP” (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) by Picotaro was a big hit last year, getting lots of viewers on youtube. However regarding trademark “PPAP”, a famous trademark troll filed a trademark application 9 days earlier than Avex Group which Picotaro belongs.

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JPO progress to cooperate with ROSPATENT

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to PRESS RELEASE of Japan Patent Office (JPO), JPO progress to cooperate with Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (ROSPATENT) in the Intellectual Property Field as follows; Information sharing such as national intellectual property rights policy, legal system and examination standards Cooperation in the field of examination through sharing their experience as examiner Cooperation in international framework, including the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Cooperation in the protection of intellectual property such as eliminating copy goods in cooperation with related ministries and agencies Promote exchanges between the both patent offices and their users

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WAGYU Logo

Zen International Patents and Trademarks According to newspaper dated on Jan.3, 2017, Japan Livestock Industory Association (JLIA) created a new logo that promotes Japanese beef for overseas market. JLIA is now preparing for filig trademark applications abroad.

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