The JPO has issued its decision dismissing the appeal against the decision of refusal in the examination of the Christian Louboutin “Red Sole High Heels trademark” case.
The JPO’s “Action Plan for Utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology” to improve the efficiency and quality of the JPO administrative work. This is an update from the 2017 six-year plan: in fact, the JPO has promoted the project while revising the Action Plan annually.
The purpose of the 15th of the IP5, was to consider “the contribution of IP systems toward helping to solve global challenges, focusing on Goals 7, 9, and 17 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” In fact, on June 9 2022 the JPO led SDG IP collaboration among global powers
As a Japanese patent attorney, I’ve handled, and I’m aware that there are a large number of applications to Asian countries, especially China and South Korea.
It seems that the landscape of IP protection in large companies, compared to that of SMEs, is completely different – this is not the case only in Japan, but globally. It is vital to understand the differences between SME and Corporate IP Treatment by the PTOs and in business.
Unlike in other countries, in Japan JPO appeals are more advantageous than examinations. In general, there is a higher possibility of successful acquisition of rights at the appeal stage than at the examination stage
Hosted by the JPO, on March 17, 2022. The Trilateral Offices, consisting of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a symposium on IP and Carbon Neutral technologies.
As stated by the Japan Patent Office (JPO)…“In recent years, Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are more actively debated due to the accumulation of court decisions and the trends in efforts by the government in each country
Released March 30, 2022, this report is meant to be a practical reference for IP practitioners in Japan, and globally. It addresses key IP trends by IP area as well as Policy Outcomes in such issues as harmonization updates, trials and appeals, and more.
In a case I managed, a foreign SME sued a large Japanese company for infringement in Japan based on its utility model rights. The patent applied to a health appliance, and the accused device was a similar appliance. As you’ll read, the Patent “Doctrine of Equivalents” is vitally important in all countries
In a very high profile and significant case, Christian Louboutin is currently filing a trademark registration application in Japan for “red soles for women’s high heels”. The company was refused registration in the examination stage, and it is currently pending in the Appeal Stage. Different Counties – different decisions on one-colour trademarks.
Loosing novelty regarding patents is a vital issue globally. It should be well understood in order to avoid the potential business and value loss than it can entail.
A new Kimura client consulted with us that “I was listing on a well-known E-Commerce Site but I was notified that I would have to stop listing because there was a possibility of infringement of design rights.
This mini case shows the practical use of Patent Portfolios to leverage the value of inventions. Specially, by adding new Patents that build on a core technological innovation and ensuring long-term protection and greater commercial success
This mini case is a practical example of using Divisional Patent Applications as a means of building invention protection in Japan. For greater background detail, please see “Understanding Japan’s Divisional Application System” published August 21, 2021.
In Part 2, I described the philosophy and current status of the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty), especially from the perspective of the international search system. Here, I will address the importance of the “patent harmonization” discussion that has had to gradually converge, due to various circumstances and while being discussed heatedly for a long time […]