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Meaning and difference between TM and R marks

The World of Trademarks: Basics of the R Mark and TM Mark In the world of trademarks, the R Mark (®) and the TM Mark (™) play an important role. The R mark is the official designation in the U.S. trademark system that indicates that a trademark is federally registered. It usually appears small in the upper or lower right corner of the trademark. death

Types of trademarks: Points for understanding and utilization

When most people hear the word trademark, they probably think of product names, service names, or company logos. However, the world of trademarks is not limited to these, and there are many other forms. We will provide an easy-to-understand introduction to the types of trademarks recognized in Japan. Three-dimensional trademark: Toward a three-dimensional world Three-dimensional trademark, as the name suggests,

Importance of accelerated examination and details of its procedure

Importance of accelerated examination Early examination of trademarks is extremely important for business development and ensuring competitiveness in the market. Trademark protection is key to the success of new products and services, especially when bringing them to market. Expedited examination allows you to protect your trademark quickly and maximize business opportunities.

Flow from application to registration

Main flow from application to registration Explanation of terms <Application> Submit the documents necessary for trademark registration to the Japan Patent Office and pay the fees. <Application publication> The contents of the application will be made public. (Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after application) <Formalities examination> Check if there are any flaws in the format of the application documents, and pay the necessary fees.

Advantages of acquiring trademark rights (disadvantages of not)

It can be said that an insurance company's brand image and trustworthiness are born from impressions of the company's products and services. Such image and trust can be said to be important assets for a company. It serves as a necessary landmark (providance display function) for forming that property, and also to protect ownership of that intangible property.

What is a trademark: its basics and importance?

A trademark is an important element that can be considered the face of your business. This serves as a "landmark" to identify and distinguish a product or service from others. For example, just by looking at a particular logo or design, consumers can intuitively understand which company a product belongs to.

General advice for individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises

Introduction In Japan, approximately 12 trademark applications are filed each year, and approximately 10 are registered each year. Why are so many trademarks filed? This is because, regardless of the company's size or industry, as long as there is commercial transactions, there will always be trademarks, and they need to be protected in the form of trademark rights.

Subsidy system for trademark acquisition costs

Subsidy system for the cost of acquiring trademark rights The Japan Patent Office and local governments provide subsidies for the cost of acquiring trademark rights. In order to receive a grant, certain conditions must be met. If you would like to receive assistance with the cost of acquiring trademark rights, please see the details below. If you have any questions, please contact the Japan Patent Office or local government.

Naming cheat sheet!

Importance of Naming Naming a product or service is an important element in making a strong impact on consumers and stimulating their desire to purchase. Naming is determined by considering visibility, readability, image, impact, etc., and I believe that naming often affects product sales. friendly

Effective filing strategy for trademark registration

This includes trademarks that are not allowed to be registered, and trademarks that are likely to harm public order or good morals. Trademarks that contain elements that are violent, obscene, or discriminatory fall under this category. There are also other trademarks that may be misidentified as national qualifications, etc., trademarks consisting of the names of historical figures, and trademarks that may be misidentified as organizations or groups related to the country, etc.