Examination Guidelines for Trademark will be revised
Zen International Patents and Trademarks
At the present time, Japan patent office (JPO) is considering revising the trademark examination guideline for trademarks.
One of the changes is to enable subsidiaries to acquire trademarks similar to trademarks registered by their parent company.
Under current examination guideline for trademarks, since subsidiaries and other companies are in the same position, even a subsidiary can not register a trademark similar to the trademark registered by the parent company.
Once the revised examination guideline for trademarks will be in enforced, the subsidiary will be able to register trademarks similar to the trademarks of the parent company.