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Procedure of Trademark Registration in Japan 日本商標申請流程介紹

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

In order to receive protection in Japan, trademark application should be filed before Japan Patent Office (“JPO”). Once the application is filed, it will first start with formality examination. If the case needs any amendments, JPO will issue an invitation of amendment, and the applicant is required to respond within the requested time.

商標如欲在日本受到保護,須向日本特許廳提出申請。商標提出申請後會先進行形式審查,如需進行修改,日本特許廳會發出補正通知,通知申請人限期補正。

After formality examination is done, trademark would be under substantive examination. If the registrar considered the trademark cannot be registered, notification of provisional refusal will be issued. The applicant then is required to respond within the requested time. If the debate is convincible, the case will be granted; if not, the applicant can file an appeal within 60 days.

完成形式審查後案件會進行實質審查,如審查員認為有不得註冊事由,日本特許廳會發出核駁先行通知,通知申請人限期答辯。如答辯成功商標核准註冊,答辯失敗的話申請人可於60天內提起訴願。

Once the trademark is granted, the registration fee should be paid within one month. After paying the fee, JPO will issue trademark registration certificate. Once a trademark is registered, it will be published for 2 months, and any interested party can oppose. If no opposition is filed during this time, the trademark will be continued to be registered.

商標核准註冊後須於一個月內繳納領證費,繳納領證費後日本特許廳會發出商標證書;案件註冊後會進入為期2個月的公告期,如無人異議則繼續註冊。

Required information/documents when filing trademark registration in Japan:

申請日本商標須備資訊/文件:

1. Name and address of the applicant

申請人名稱及地址

2. Clear trademark image

清晰商標圖檔

3. Class and designate goods/services

指定類別及指定商品/服務名稱

4. Priority document if claiming priority

主張優先權的話須提供優先權文件

Following is flow chart of Japan trademark registration application procedure[1]

下圖為日本商標申請流程圖


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