San Miguel defeat in trademark dispute over ‘AGUA MIGUEL’

In a recent trademark decision, the Opposition Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition against TM Reg. no. 6104642 for word mark ‘AGUA MIGUEL’ filed by Philippines-based San Miguel Brewing...

Empire Steak House loses to trademark its restaurant name in Japan IP High Court battle

On December 26, 2019, the Japan IP High
Court ruled to uphold a rejection by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to International
Registration no. 1351134 for the mark “EMPIRE STEAK HOUSE” in class 43 due to a
conflict with...

Google successful in a trademark opposition against “ANDROID HOSPITAL”

The Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) decided in favor of Google LLC to retroactively cancel trademark registration no. 6008625 for word mark “ANDROID HOSPITAL” due to a likelihood of confusion with...

Happiness Diamond makes Chopard Happy Diamonds unhappy

Swiss manufacturer and retailer of luxury watches, jewelry and accessories, CHOPARD INTERNATIONAL S.A. failed in their attempt to stop the registration of a word mark “Happiness Diamond” at the Japan Patent...

Acquired distinctiveness for 3D shape of OMRON digital thermometer

The Japan Patent Office recently admitted trademark registration for a three-dimensional shape of digital thermometers ‘MC-670’ and ‘MC-681’ manufactured by Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd. by finding acquired...

JAGUAR LAND ROVER Lost Trademark Opposition over Jaguar Logo

The Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) held a junior trademark registration no. 6104905 for a composite mark comprised of “JAGTEC” and feline device is neither similar to, nor likely to cause confusion...

JPO finds “CLUB MOET KYOTO” and “Moët & Chandon” likely to cause confusion

The Opposition Board of the Japan Patent
Office (JPO) sided with MHCS, the producer, inter alia, of the famous Moët
& Chandon champagne, and decided to cancel trademark registration no.
6030384 for word mark “CLUB...

Volkswagen Unsuccessful in Trademark Opposition to Baidu’s “Car-pollo” mark

In a trademark opposition involving the Volkswagen Polo, the Opposition Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) decided that VW’s famous car model name “Polo” is dissimilar to, and unlikely to cause...

Rothschild Lost Trademark Opposition in Japan

In a recent trademark opposition, the Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition filed by Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. (Rothschild) against trademark registration no. 6090508 for word...