JPO Status Report 2021 – The impact of Covid-19 on Japan trademarks

Unquestionably, 2020 was remarkably a tough and soul-destroying year for businesses around the world. The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on every aspect of day-to-day life, including the world of business....

COCO vs COCOMIST – Decision of the Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office

Chanel handed a loss in its attempt to block Japanese trademark registration no. 6202587 for wordmark “COCOMIST” to be used on cosmetics, perfumery, fragrances, incense, and other goods in class 3.[Opposition case no....

Montblanc Unsuccessful in Trademark Opposition

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed a trademark opposition claimed by Montblanc-Simplo GmbH, Germany, against Japanese trademark registration no. 6240752 for “MONTBLANC PROFESSIONAL PRIDES” with a device mark,...

JPO rejects “AIR NECKTIE” due to similarity to NIKE “AIR”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an appeal filed by a Japanese individual who sought registration for use of the wordmark “AIR NECKTIE” on neckties in class 25 due to the similarity to NIKE “AIR.”[Appeal...

“MACSELL” for use on PC value estimation service is unlikely to cause confusion with Apple “Mac”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition claimed by Apple Inc. against trademark registration no. 6223514 for word mark “MACSELL” on used mobile phone, Smartphone, PC and tablet computer value estimation...

“FS12” can’t be registered due to a lack of distinctiveness

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) affirmed the examiner’s refusal and decided to reject a wordmark “FS12” due to a lack of inherent distinctiveness.[Appeal case no. 2019-650019, Gazette issued date: January 29,...

Transferring Trademark Ownership in Japan

Trademark owners can freely sell their trademark or transfer it without any compensation. Transfers of trademark ownership happen when the owner of trademark rights is changed. Examples of when transfers of trademark...

Like a Jaguar, but not JAGUAR

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition filed by Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. against trademark registration no. 6244325 for word mark “Like a Jaguar” on cosmetics and other goods in class 3 by finding...

Ariana Grande Loses Trademark Opposition at Japan Patent Office

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition filed by GrandAri Inc., the owner of a trademark “ARIANA GRANDE”, against TM Reg no. 6202585 for wordmark “Arianna” to be used on cosmetics by finding...