SWATCH Defeated in SWATCH vs iWATCH Trademark Dispute

The Trial Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an invalidation petition by Swiss watch giant, Swatch against TM Reg. no. 5849925 for word mark “iWATCH” owned by U.S. tech giant, Apple Inc.[Invalidation case...

KUMAMON triumphs over bear mascot trademark battle

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) sided with Kumamon and declared invalidation of trademark registration no. 5997141 for a bear-like design mark due to a likelihood of confusion with Kumamon. [Invalidation case no....

Trademark Battle – PUMA vs KUMA

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) decided to invalidate trademark registration no. 5661816 for a stylized word “KUMA”, which means ‘bear’ in Japanese, due to similarity to, and a likelihood of confusion with a...

SCOTT Bikes Failed Trademark Opposition against “PRESCOTT”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed a trademark opposition claimed by SCOTT USA Inc. against trademark registration no. 6025819 for stylized word mark “PRESCOTT” on bicycles in class 12 by finding dissimilarity to...

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...

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...

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....