Adidas defeated in 3-stripe trademark dispute

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) held in an opposition filed by Adidas AG that trademark registration no. 6085087 for horizontal three-stripes (Opposed mark) shall remain as valid as ever and entirely dismissed Adidas’...

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...

French fashion magazine “ELLE” Victorious in Trademark Opposition against “ELLEROSE”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) upheld an opposition filed by HACHETTE FILIPACCHI PRESSE, société anonyme (FR) and decided cancellation of Japanese trademark registration no. 6010765 for a composite mark containing...

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...

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...

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...