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How to register trademark in Japan

Registration of a trademark in Japan is available to individuals and legal entities. To obtain exclusive rights to a company name, you should fill out the form on our website online. Profitmark International Patent Bureau specializes in the registration of intellectual property and has official representatives in 120 countries.

Trademark registration procedure in Japan

Trademark Registration Process in Japan is quite similar to registration process in other countries.

First, an applicant must fill out the forms and file them to the Japan Patent Office.

The JPO will publish the content of an application in the Official Gazette after filing.

An application document filed to the JPO will be checked to see whether it fulfills the necessary procedural and formal requirements.

An examination will be made of whether the application fulfills the substantive requirements. The following trademarks will be refused:

  • Trademarks which do not enable consumers to differentiate the applicant's goods or services from those belonging to other manufacturers or traders
  • Unregistrable for reasons of public interest or for the protection of private interests

An applicant may file a written argument against a notification of reasons for refusal. If it is ultimately judged that there are no reasons for refusal, a decision to register a trademark will be made.

With the payment of the registration fee, the registration of the trademark right will take place and the trademark right will come into force and the content will be published in the trademark gazette.

Any person may file an opposition to the decision to register a trademark with the Commissioner of the JPO.

Even after a trademark is registered, any person may appeal for invalidation of the trademark if it has a flaw. Moreover, if the trademark has not been used after registration for three years or more, an appeal for revocation may be charged.

Using our service to register a trademark in Japan you receive:

  1. Consulting support.
  2. Professional trademark verification in Japan.
  3. Preparation of a package of documents for obtaining registration.
  4. The official filing of the Application for registration with the patent office of the country.
  5. Accompanying your application with an accredited patent attorney.
  6. If necessary: ​​filing petitions or other additional documents and applications in the process of registering a trademark.
  7. Obtaining a Certificate for a trademark.

In addition to the high competence of our experts, online interaction is one of the main advantages of our company service. Specially developed software allows us to accept the applications and process them in automatic mode. In countries where online patent filing is available, we use exactly this option. This allows assigning quickly priority to the applicant.

The user gets access to the personal account on the site, which will display complete information about the paperwork. You will be aware of any changes in the pendency of application status by sending a notification letter via the specified email.

The Japan Patent Office does not accept direct payments by any means from applicants/persons residing outside Japan. This includes, for example, payments by bank transfers, credit cards, or checks. The payment has to be made by an appointed representative either residing or domiciled in Japan such as a patent attorney.

Trademark registration fee in Japan: ¥3,400 + ¥8,600 per classification

Japan trademark renewal

A trademark right expires 10 years from day on which the trademark was registered.

You can renew your trademark right by filing a request for renewal of trademarks in Japan six months before the trademark right expires. You need to pay the renewal fee at the same time you request to renew your trademark right.

If you decide to register a trademark in Japan - just file an online application!