COUNTRY : JAPAN
CAPITAL : TOKYO
LANGUAGE : JAPANESE
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, MADRID PROTOCOL, TRADEMARK LAW TREATIES
The IP affairs in Japan are looked after by the Japan Patent Office (JPO).
GIs in Japan:
The term Geographical Indication is not used in Japanese Laws.
Instead, the corresponding term “Geographical Origin” is used.
The term ‘Origin’ includes the following:
· Names of countries
· Famous Geographical names such as:
(a) Names of Administrative units
(b) Former names of countries
(c) Geographical names used in foreign countries
Laws protecting Geographical Indications:
Following are the laws protecting Geographical Indications in Japan:
(i). Trademark Laws
(ii). Unfair Competition Prevention Act
(iii). Anti – Trust Law
(iv). Administrative control provisions