COUNTRY : JAPAN
CAPITAL : TOKYO
LANGUAGE : JAPANESE
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, WIPO, MADRID PROTOCOL, BERNE CONVENTION, TRADEMARK LAW TREATIES
Japnese Intellectual Property Office is known as the JPO- Japnese Patent Office.
PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS IN JAPAN:
Protection to Trademarks is provided at a two tier level:
1. National Registration - Direct Filing with National Trademark Office
Please Refer our Treaties & Regional Convention Guide.
Therefore, to obtain protection in Japan, there are two options from which the applicant can choose:
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of Japan.
· Infringement & Opposition Actions
· License and Assignment procedures
· Trademark Watch Services
Examination is conducted pertaining to two aspects:
Once the trademark is registered and it has come into force, the contents are published in the trademark gazette.
Prior to registration: Usage of the mark prior to filing of the application does not have any advantage except for well known marks that are protected.
For quotation: firstname.lastname@example.org