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...

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...

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...

HUGO BOSS fails in attempt to block trademark registration

German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss has
failed in their attempt to stop the registration of a composite mark consisting
of “BOSSWASH” and a spread-eagle device at the Japan Patent Office (JPO).
[Opposition case no....

Failed Opposition by Apple against trademark registration “EYE PHONE”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed a trademark opposition claimed by the U.S. tech giant, Apple Inc. against trademark registration no. 6099794 for word mark “EYE PHONE” in class 9 by finding less likelihood of...

Chloé Victorious in Trademark Battle

In a recent administrative trademark decision, the Opposition Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) upheld an opposition to the registration of “CHLOEFRANCIS” on the ground that it is likely to cause confusion with a...

Trademark Dispute Over Cigarette Sub-Brand “SIGNATURE”

In a decision dated September 12, 2019, the Japan IP High Court affirmed the Japan Patent Office's (JPO) determination to refuse registration for the STATE EXPRESS 555 "SIGNATURE" cigarette package design due to a...

PUMA’s Fight Against Logo Parody

On August 1, 2019, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) decided to invalidate trademark registration no. 5861923 for composite mark consisting of a word “KUMA”, which means ‘bear’ in Japanese, and the bear device by...