Japan used to adopt two-timing payment system for International Registration designating Japan under the Madrid Protocol. The system has changed as from April 1st, 2023.

The Japan Patent Office publishes a yearly report that contains more than 250 pages of the statistics data. Let's look at what the data suggests.
These days, trademark examination takes much longer than it used to in Japan. Accordingly, the article "How Long Does it Take to Register a Trademark in Japan?" has been updated.
A new page "Trademark Renewal Period in Japan" has been added to our website.
Examination Guidelines for Similar Goods and Services
This blog post is about trademark examination guidelines for similar goods and services edited by the Japan Patent Office.

Cherry Blossoms in Japan
April is a start of something new in Japan.

Finding a good trademark or patent firm in other countries is hard. Where and how to find it would be a common concern to business owners. If you can get a list of trademark and patent firms, it will save you valuable time and energy. Here is an international directory of IP law firms and individual patent and trademark attorneys maintained by IP-Coster: www.ip-coster.com Clicking Japan from the IP-Listing, there is a list of Japanese patent and trademark firms, including us - Trademark Wagon...
New page "FAQ" has been added to our website. Hope our Frequently Asked Questions answer your questions.
Heisei in Kanji characters
In Japan, two main calendar systems are most commonly used alongside each other. One of them is the Common Era, which has been used in many counties around the world. This year is 2017. The other is the Japanese Era. Based on this calendar system, this year is "Heisei 29". "Heisei" is written in Kanji characters as follows:

A new page "Recording Change of Name/Address or Ownership" has been added to the website of Trademark Wagon Patent Attorney Office, a Japanese patent attorney firm in Tokyo.

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