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Japan Transitions to Electronic Certification for Intellectual Property Rights

Japan Transitions to Electronic Certification for Intellectual Property Rights

As of April 1, 2024, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) is set to embark on a transformative journey in its administration of intellectual property rights, signaling a shift towards modernization and efficiency. In a bid to streamline processes and embrace digitalization, the JPO will cease the issuance of traditional paper certificates for patents, utility models, industrial designs, and trademarks, opting instead for electronic certificates delivered exclusively in PDF format through its electronic system. This move marks a significant departure from [...]

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Japan accelerates the perfection of its AI-IP protection system

Japan is expediting the refinement of its AI-based intellectual property (IP) protection system, with a government panel proposing that artificial intelligence providers establish terms of use to safeguard IP rights. The draft interim report of this panel outlines recommendations expected to serve as a roadmap for both developers and consumers of generative AI technology. Prompted by the rapid advancements in generative AI, the Japanese government established this panel to address pertinent issues. The panel intends to deliberate on the interim [...]

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The procedure of trademark renewal in Japan

In Japan, a trademark right expires 10 years after the date it was registered. You can renew your trademark right six months before it expires by submitting a renewal request. The renewal cost must be paid at the same time as your request to renew your trademark right. The late renewal deadline is 6 months after the expiration date. There will be 3 reminders to notify you of the upcoming expiration date of your trademark right. Around six months before the [...]

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To register Intellectual Property protection for virtual idols

Hatsune Miku, Polar, and Lil Miquela have achieved considerable popularity with sold-out concerts and chart-topping singles. However, the unique aspect they share is that none of them are real; they are virtual celebrities. The emergence of these digital personalities poses significant challenges related to intellectual property (IP), from revenue loss to misuse. Hatsune Miku, a prominent Japanese pop idol with over 900,000 Facebook fans, has sold out concerts worldwide. Polar, an English pop star, gained massive popularity on TikTok and [...]

JPO allows divisional applications suspended while the original application appealed

JPO allows divisional applications suspended while the original application appealed

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will begin a new examination procedure for a divisional application filed concurrently with an appeal of a Decision of Rejection for a parent patent application. During an appeal, the applicant usually desires to file an entirely new set of claims in a divisional application with broader or different claim scope than the parent application’s claims. The JPO is now conducting the appeal examination of the parent case and the divisional application concurrently. Under the existing [...]

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IP Agreement of tripartite commitment among Cambodia, Japan and ERIA

The Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, and Innovation in Cambodia have all signed an IP agreement, known as the IP Agreement of tripartite commitment among Cambodia, Japan and ERIA with the main purpose of promoting IP awareness and development in Cambodia. IP Agreement of tripartite commitment among Cambodia, Japan and ERIA The IP Agreement of tripartite commitment among Cambodia, Japan, and ERIA refers to a [...]

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Vietnam cooperates with WIPO and Japan to organize an international conference “The Madrid system for international registration of trademarks for intellectual property offices in Asia – Pacific”

From March 16 to 17, 2022 in Hanoi, NOIP in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO and the Japanese Patent Office JPO organized an international conference name “The Madrid system for international registration of trademarks for intellectual property offices in Asia – Pacific”. As an annual activity of countries in the region to promote initiatives, propagate and promote the Madrid system in the region, the international conference on “The Madrid system for international registration of trademarks for intellectual [...]

The ongoing partnership between the JPO, developing countries, and the WIPO

The ongoing partnership between the JPO, developing countries, and the WIPO

According to the JPO, it has dispatched patent examiners to ASEAN IP offices as long-term expertise. In order to create a stronger IP infrastructure, the JPO claims to collaborate with “our partners in developing economies.” The JPO has dispatched its patent examiners in Indonesia and Vietnam on a long-term basis to support those countries’ IP systems developed in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a body responsible for managing Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). The expatriates help to [...]

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Trademark difficulties when shoemaker Christian Louboutin tries to enter Japan’s market

Christian Louboutin, the Paris-based luxury shoemaker, has embarked on another trademark case in regard to their iconic red shoes. However, unlike other Western markets, the famous luxury shoemaker soon realizes that Japan has stricter rules of trademark registration for color applications.  Although the brand might sound unfamiliar to some, Christian Louboutin is one of the most famous luxury brands, specializing in its high-heel footwear.  While Louis Vuitton is known for its classic bags, Christian Louboutin made its name with its shiny [...]

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Multinational IP cooperation

On June 14, 2022, Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property management solutions, announced breaking news that Osaka-based global document solutions provider Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. has chosen Anaqua’s AQX Corporate platform for integrated management of the company’s extensive patent portfolio. Anaqua is a privately-held company headquartered in Boston Massachusetts with offices across Europe and Asia. It is the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property management solutions.  Over the years, Anaqua has grown exponentially through the merger with [...]

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