• International Country Code:

    JP
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +09:00
  • Currency:

    Japanese Yen (JPY)

Trademark registration in Japan

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  • Trademark fees

Fees associated with filing trademark applications in Japan, as well as other trademark fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple-class applications

Multiple-class trademark applications are possible in Japan.

  • Minimum filing requirements in Japan

To obtain a filing date, a trademark application in Japan should contain:
- request to register a trademark in Japan;
- representation of a trademark;
- list of goods and services.

  • Requirements for a Power of Attorney

A POA is not required for trademark registration in Japan. It is required to provide a POA for some special proceedings, such as assignment and appeal filing.

  • Priority document

A certified copy of the priority document must be submitted within three months from the filing date of a trademark application in Japan. A translation of the front page into Japanese is required.

  • Opposition period

An opposition against a trademark application in Japan may be filed by an interested party within two months from the date of its publication on condition of payment of the corresponding fee.

  • Validity term and trademark renewal

A trademark in Japan is protected within ten years from the date of registration. It can be renewed every ten years by paying a renewal fee within six months before the expiration date. It may also be renewed within six months after the renewal due date. 

  • Use requirement

A trademark in Japan may be cancelled on the basis of non-use within a continuous period of 3 years if the corresponding request is filed to the court by an interested party.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

For foreigners, it is required to perform trademark prosecution in Japan through a registered Japanese trademark attorney.

  • What can be registered as a trademark in Japan

Letters, diagrams, symbols, color marks, sound marks, hologram marks, moving marks, position marks having the effect of identifying the subject of various products or services may be registered as a trademark in Japan.

  •  Note

Online Search Databases: Japanese Trademarks, International Trademarks.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by YuNeed International Patent Office on 04.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Japanese IP Laws

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