SERVICE & FLOW

SERVICE AREA

We will assist your application for registration of Trademarks/Service marks, Designs and Patent in Japan. And also we will help to make the most of these rights after these registrations. For small businesses, IP right on their goods, services and products, and keeping the know-how secret and NDA(non-disclosure agreement) are very important.

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Trademark

Application,
Search for prior applications or registrations,
Appeal against the final rejection,
Trial(for cancellation by non-use, for invalidation),
Opposition against another person's  registration,
Recording transfer of the right of pending applicaiton,
Registration of transfer of the Trademark right,
Renewal of Trademark right,
Sending warning letter to the person who is in  infringement of the trademark rights,
Submitting a written opinion or amendment against a provisional refusal by JPO
litigation rescinding a trial decision
etc.

Design

Application,
Search for the prior registrations,
Appeal against the final rejection,
Trial for invalidation,
Recording transfer of the right of pending applicaiton,
Registration of transfer of the Design rights,
Sending warning letter to the person who is in infringement of the Design rights
etc.

Copy right

Making up contract agreement,
Sending warning letter to the person who is in infringement of the copyrights,
Giving advice for protection of the copyrights
etc.

Patent & Utility Model

Application,
Search for prior applications or registrations,
Preparing argument and/or amendment against the refusal,
Appeal against the final rejection,
Trial(for invalidation),
Opposition against another person's  registration,
Recording transfer of the right of the pending applicaiton,
Registration of transfer of the Patent or Utility Model right,
Sending warning letter to the person who is in  infringement of the Patent or Utility Model rights,
etc.

Intellectual Property Consulting

Giving advice about how to file the IP application in order to get proper right for your business, how to utilize and protect the rights of the intellectual properties and their business etc.

Licence contract and registration

Filing application for registration of the licence with JPO. To expand your business in Japan, registration of licence is important.

Creating logo

Setting up suitable designers for making successful marks, logos and advertising used in their business in Japan.

Procedures after application

This is procedures for Obtaining Trademark and Design Rights(outline). In case you need patent right, you have to file a "Request for examination of application" within 3 years from the application date.

Application
(Apply for Registration)
Request for Keeping in Secret (Design)
If you want to keep the design in secret after the publication, you can file the requent at the filing or at the paying registration fee.
Notification of Reasons for Refusal Substantive Examination
If the examiner finds reasons for refusal, a notification to this result will be sent to the applicant.
Decision of Refusal
Written Argument / Amendment If the examiner judges that the reasons for refusal have not been eliminated, a decision of refusal will be made.
An applicant shall be given an opportunity to submit either a written argument or an amendment in the case that this would nullify the reasons for refusal.
Appeal against Decision of Refusal
Appeal Decision to Grant a Patent When dissatisfaction is in the decision of refusal of the examiner, the applicant can appeal against the decision of refusal.
Appeal Examination
Opposition to the registration of a Trademark (Trademark) Payment of Patent fee or Registration fee Appeal Decision of Refusal
Any person can file an opposition to the registration of the trademark with the Commissioner of the JPO within 2 months after publication of the contents of the registered trademark. The opposition will be judged by examiners. The applicant pays the registration fee within a specified period after decision of grant.
The right will come into effect as it is entered in the Original Register.
Appeal to Intellectual property High Court
An applicant who is dissatisfied with an appeal decision of refusal of an appeal against decision of refusal may appeal to the Intellectual Property High Court.
Filing an application for registration of renewal (Trademark)
The trademark right expires after ten years from the date of registration of establishment of the right.The duration of the right can be renewed by filing an application for registration of renewal by the holder of the right .
  • Blue letters: Procedures treated by JPO. Other procedures, such as order to amendment, are not indicated in this chart.
  • Red letters: Applicant's procedures with JPO or Intellectural property High Court. Other procedures, such as filing an amendment caused by formula error, are not indicated in this chart.
  • Applicants have to pay the fee for taking procedures with JPO. The fee might be changed.