SHIGA INTERNATIONAL PATENT OFFICE
Revision of the Trademark Practice in Japan
As you know, the Nice Classification was revised this year. On this occasion, the Japanese Patent Office also revised the domestic rule for judging the similarity of goods and services. 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.
The judgement of the similarity of the above goods was revised according to needs arising due to a change in trade conditions. BEFORE
Due to this revision, now applicants in the field of fashion can avoid conflicts with owners of prior marks designating goods in Class 9. BEFORE AFTER
The conflict between the medical device field and car manufacturers who widely designated goods in Class 12 including wheel chairs was resolved.
Diapers made of cloth Supplements made of fruits, vegetables, etc. Supplements made of honey, wheat, etc.
Diapers made of paper
Home video games Game programs Arcade video games
The Japanese Patent Office adopts a standardized system in judging the similarity of goods and services. However, the rule for judging the similarity of goods keeps on changing according to developments in trade. Therefore, there is a possibility that even if your trademark has been rejected in the past, the conflict with prior marks may be resolved in the future.
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