「Japan Patent & Trademark Update Issue 5」

1. Red Bull "Wings" its Way from Taiwan to Japan (Shunji Sato)

TMI’s trademark team, representing Red Bull AG, successfully invalidated a trademark registration for single bull device mark owned by a Japanese company and obtained a favorable decision ... Read more >>>

2. Battling Trademark Squatting in Japan (Takeshi Hironaka)

On May 17, 2016, the Japan Patent Office issued an unusual announcement titled, “Caution: to those whose own trademarks have been filed by others”.  The Japan Patent Office advised that ... Read more >>>

3. Jurisdiction Selection Clause Declared Invalid (Tokyo District Court Decision) (Mizuna Sekine)

A Japanese manufacturing corporation, Shimano Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Shimano”), and a California corporation, Apple Inc. (“Apple”), entered into a Master Development and Supply Agreement (“MDSA”) in 2009. The MDSA contained ... Read more >>>

4. Changes to the Procedures for the Extension of the Time Limit for Responding to an Office Action in Patent and Trademark Applications (Naohiko Saito)

In Japan, "The Act for Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts" (hereinafter "Revised Law") has come into force, effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the accession to ... Read more >>>

5. About TMI

Since our establishment on October 1, 1990, TMI Associates has grown rapidly to become a full-service law firm that offers valuable and comprehensive legal services ... Read more >>>