INTERNATIONAL PATENT OFFICE
Revision of the Trademark Practice in Japan
As you know, the Nice Classification was revised this year. On this occasion, the JapanesePatent Office also revised the domestic rule for judging the similarity of goods andservices. In this newsletter, we would like to show you some examples of the revision of the judgement of similarity of goods as of January 2012 in Japan.
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The conflict between the medical device field and car manufacturers who widelydesignated goods in Class 12 including wheel chairs was resolved.The judgement of the similarity of the above goods was revised according to needs arisingdue to a change in trade conditions.
Due to this revision, now applicants in the field of fashion can avoid conflicts with ownersof prior marks designating goods in Class 9.