Trademark Examination Guideline Updates Effective from April 2016

The Japanese Examination Guidelines for trademarks has been updated again (rev. 12th ed.). This new edition’s standards will go into effect from April 1, 2016. The revisions clarify various types of allowable trademarks, as well as updated information based on recent court decisions will be in place.

If you are unsure if you would be able to file a particular trademark application in Japan, please feel free to contact us and inquire for suggestions.

  •, updated March 22, 2016.
  •, March 2016.
  • * The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.

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