Dec 22, 2015

Japan adds Kobe beef, Yubari melons to list of protected brands

The government added Kobe beef and Yubari melons on Tuesday to a list of food items accorded government protection as regional brands to enhance their marketing and sales. Under the government’s “geographical indication” system, special markings can be affixed to the packages of designated ...

Dec 11, 2015

Perils of being honest illustrated in fake shampoo case

On paper, the reports were perfect, brilliant parries in the fight against fakes in China. There were phone numbers, dates, official agencies, photographs and a nice haul: over 120,000 packages of counterfeit anti-dandruff shampoo, plus seven vats of ingredients. There was one problem: None ...

Oct 28, 2015

New trademarks issued for sounds, movements under revised law

The Japan Patent Office on Tuesday announced its first registration of new-type trademarks, including sounds and movements of objects in commercials, after the trademark law was revised last year. Of the 43 novel trademarks, 21 were sound trademarks, including a melody in which the ...

Mar 12, 2014

Japan aims to cut patent exam lengths in half

The government is aiming to reduce patent examinations from the current average length of nearly 2½ years to about 14 months, which would be the shortest period in the world, by fiscal 2023. The move, announced Tuesday, is part of an initiative to make ...