Seminars hosted by Shiga

Why Are Trademark Searches Necessary for Safe Use of Trademarks in Japan?

Date and Time
6:00 p.m. (JST) on Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Lecture language
Practice Area
Shiga International Patent Office

Comments from Speaker

The Japanese Patent Office examines trademark applications for relative grounds (identical or similar prior marks).  If the Examiner does not find prior marks that are identical or similar to an applied-for mark, the mark will be registered as long as it meets the other requirements, such as distinctiveness.  Theoretically, a trademark right should ensure safe use of the trademark because the application was not blocked by any prior marks.  However, obtaining a trademark registration is not sufficient for safe use of the trademark and even use of a registered trademark can infringe the trademark rights of others. 

Mr. Tomohiro Gyoda, a seasoned patent and trademark attorney, will explain why obtaining a trademark registration is not sufficient and trademark searches are necessary for safe use of trademarks.


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