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In order not to infringe on the rights of others

1. If you sell parody goods that imitate famous products, etc. Although it cannot be said that parodies are unrelated to the development of culture, there is still the possibility of infringement of intellectual property rights. When selling parody goods, there is a risk of trademark or copyright infringement, for example. (1) The logo or name of the original parody is registered as a trademark.

Trademark consultation

Trademark Consultation Q. I would like to register a trademark for my company's products. How can I register? A. In order to register a trademark, you need to tell us the name (or mark) to be used for the product and the product you plan to use it for. Our office not only provides consultation on determining whether a trademark can be registered, but also assists in the selection of designated products.

For local governments

Firstly, trademarks that are identical or similar to well-known marks that represent local governments cannot be registered as trademarks (Article 4, Paragraph 1, Item 6 of the Trademark Law). The reason for this is that if the general public were allowed to register marks representing local governments, the authority of those organizations would be undermined. on the other hand

Cool Japan

Necessity of overseas trademark application Japan's traditional culture, Japanese food, which was recently registered as UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage, manga/anime, games, digital content such as J-POP, and fashion are attracting attention around the world. Japan is becoming more and more serious. Strategically exhibiting such "Japanese brands" that should be proud to the world as "Cool Japan" overseas

The road to success in trademark accelerated examination: from application to utilization

Registering a trademark is an important step to protect your business. However, applying for accelerated examination is not straightforward. In this article, we will explain the key points of the trademark accelerated examination application process and how to effectively utilize the examination results, and will eliminate your doubts and concerns. Gain the knowledge to protect and strengthen your business brand value.

Leading to successful trademark registration! A complete guide to class selection

When filing a trademark application, choosing the correct category from among the 45 categories according to the purpose for which the trademark will be used will lead to successful trademark registration. However, in order to select the correct classification, an understanding of the classification and practical experience are required. In this article, we will guide you on how to choose the correct classification. About this article In this article,

Are you fully prepared for counterfeit products?

Do small and medium-sized businesses need countermeasures against counterfeit products? "The counterfeit product problem is not just a problem for large companies and luxury brands." Nowadays, there is no big difference in the proportion of large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises that are affected by counterfeit products, and the number of cases in which small and medium-sized enterprises that provide superior products are also falling victim to counterfeit products is increasing. Counterfeit product damage rate by company size (from the Japan Patent Office website)