To be eligible for protection in Japan, an industrial design (ishô) must be an inventive and industrially applicable “shape, pattern, color or combination of these in an article which arouses an aesthetic impression via the sense of sight.” (See the JPO’s description of the procedure of application here.)
Keisen Associates is well-experienced in prosecuting rights for industrial designs. Our bilingual patent attorneys, agents, and IP specialists can help you navigate the challenges involved in this process in Japan. Fully fluent in both English and Japanese, they can help you with each step–search services, opinions on design ideas and Japanese practice, and registering.
(Pictured: Japanese Design No. 1248953, Origami Bus, designed by Keisen patent attorney Taro Yaguchi.)