judgement of similarity: YUME and DREAM


Suntory Holdings has registered the trademark “Yume” in kanji (it means dream) for the goods “beer, beer flavored low-malt beer” in class 32.

Then, Asahi group Holdings has raised an opposition for the cancellation of the above trademark registration based on their registered trademarks “DREAM” (and two others).

Finally, JPO has judged “the appearance and the appellations are quite different although both concepts (meanings) have in common, that is, both are dissimilar trademarks.”

In other words, we need to obstruct that the third party registers a trademark “DREAM” if we register the trademark “Yume”.

The reverse is also true.

Hmm, what a mess!