U.S. Supreme Court allows foul language trademarks in F-word case

Business Jun 25, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court allows foul language trademarks in F-word case

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a long-standing U.S. ban on trademarks on "immoral" or "scandalous" words and symbols, ruling in a case involving a clothing brand with an indelicate name that the law violates constitutional free speech rights. The justices ruled against President ...

Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible

National Nov 6, 2018

Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible

The government plans to set a clear rule that no trademark containing any era name can be registered. The government will revise its trademark application screening criteria, which currently only reject registration of the current era name, officials said Monday. The government hopes to make sure ...

Business 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 food ...