JPO found Italian word “Panetteria” distinctive in relation to restaurant service

In a recent administrative decision, the Appeal Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) disaffirmed the examiner’s refusal and found “Panetteria ARIETTA” and “ARIETTA" are dissimilar by virtue of distinctiveness of...

Which to win, first to file or first to trademark?

A recent JPO decision over trademark opposition for “Le Tan” will serve as a cautionary message to brand owners who intend to launch business in Japan before too long.

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Trademark Similarity: APLAY vs applay

In a trademark dispute pertinent to the similarity between “APLAY” and “applay”, the Appeal Board of the Japan Patent Office found both marks dissimilar and reversed the examiner’s rejection.[Appeal case no....

AlphaGo Unsuccessful in Defeating AlphaMini

“AlphaGo” AI system, developed by Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind, has gained the world’s attention after defeating the top human players of the world in a game of go in the year 2016. But, in...

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....

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,...

“COSTA COFFEE” vs “Caffè la Costa”

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed a trademark opposition claimed by Costa Limited, operating the UK's largest and the World's second-largest International chain of coffee shops “COSTA COFFEE”, against trademark...

Mercedes-Benz StarParts vs Star-Parts

In an administrative decision, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) held the “Mercedes-Benz Star Parts” with a car device mark is dissimilar to the “Star-Parts” word mark.[Appeal case no. 2020-650009, Gazette issued...