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The database of the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China is no longer freely available.

From May 2024, 5, the database of the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China will no longer be freely available. To use it, you must register as a user on the China Trademark Network website. Please refer to the JETRO website for detailed instructions on how to register as a user on the China Trademark Network website. “In China

Start of operation of patent application nondisclosure system

The patent application nondisclosure system started on May 2024, 5. This system is a system that takes measures such as withholding publication of the application and restricting foreign applications through a procedure called ``designation of preservation'' for patent applications for inventions that are sensitive to national security. ``Act on Promotion of Ensuring Security through Security Policy'' (Act No. 1 of 43) (

Introducing the revised European Patent Office Examination Standards (2024)

We would like to introduce the revision regarding the transfer of priority rights in European patent applications, which has been a problem until now. Clarification of practice regarding priority transfer How should cases be handled in which some of the inventors of the basic application are not listed as applicants in the PCT application? In particular, the inventor is listed as the applicant in the basic application.

Introducing new patent examination cases related to AI-related technology

As of March 6, 3, the Japan Patent Office has added new patent examination cases related to AI-related technologies to the "Patent and Utility Model Examination Handbook." In addition, on the Japan Patent Office website "About explanatory materials for cases related to AI-related technologies," ・Materials explaining 13 newly added cases in slide format ・Full text of all cases related to AI-related technologies

Introduction to design decisions: “Studded bag case” ~Design ruling regarding application of exception to loss of novelty~

- Reiwa 5 (Gyoke) No. 10071 Request for rescission of trial decision (December 2023, 12) - (Plaintiff) Rainbow Shake Co., Ltd. / (Defendant) Summary of Judgment from the Japan Patent Office Regarding designs cited, Article 25 of the Design Act A case in which it was disputed whether the exception to lack of novelty in paragraph XNUMX should be applied. The plaintiff claims that the cited design does not meet the ``exception rule for loss of novelty of a design.''

Comparison of variety protection systems and key points for foreign applications: Japan, China, South Korea, and the United States

Comparison of variety protection systems and points for foreign applications Japan, China, South Korea, United States Number of annual applications in Japan (2021) Approximately 776 Jurisdictional organization Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Protection period 25 years after registration (30 years for trees, etc.) Application language Japanese Required application documents such as variety registration application, manual, photo, etc. *Required document characteristics table if applicable

Introduction of judgment/Domestic design: "Chura tile case" - Judgment regarding recognition of consumer and application of exception to loss of novelty -

- Reiwa 5 (Gyoke) No. 10008 Request for rescission of trial decision (June 2023, 6) - [Plaintiff] Taisei Corporation, Kengo Kuma Architects and Urban Design Office [Defendant: Owner of the design in question] Kobayashi Kawara Kogyo Co., Ltd., Hekinan Ceramics Co., Ltd., Shinnaka Judgment Summary Summary of the Judgment The design in question was maintained in the invalidation trial (invalidation 12-2021) (Design Registration No. 880006)

About the standard character system

The standard character system is a system in which, among trademarks consisting only of characters, those in a character typeface (standard characters) predetermined by the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office are announced and registered as the display mode of the trademark. If the following requirements are not met, an application can be filed by simply stating in the application the trademark for which the applicant wishes to register, based on the applicant's declaration of intention (Article 5 of the Trademark Law).

About common naming

Introduction Common naming of goods and services refers to a name that was originally named as a name for goods or services, but as a result of being widely used, it is no longer recognized as an identification mark for one's own or other goods, and is now used as a general name. It means that it has become. If this common name change occurs before the decision is made, the trademark cannot be registered (Article 3, Paragraph 1, Item 1 of the Trademark Law);

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