Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Trademark Search

What types of trademark searches do you conduct?


There are different types of trademark searches that we conduct for our clients.

The scopes of trademark searches may vary depending upon each client's objective to achieve by conducting a trademark search.

 

Followings are the typical types of trademark searches that we can perform for our clients.

  1. Identical mark search
  2. Similar mark search
  3. Status check

 

In our pre-filing search, we conduct an identical and similar mark search, unless ordered otherwise by our clients. Please read Trademark Search for more information.

 

 

 


Trademark Registration

How long does it take to register a trademark in Japan?


Generally, from filing of a trademark application until receiving a first action from an examiner, it takes about 5 months in Japan. For further details, please read this.

 

 


Please explain the Japanese trademark registration process.


It is explained in detail on this page.

 

 


What are items of information needed for filing a trademark application in Japan?


The following items of information are needed:

  1. Trademark
  2. Goods and/or services
  3. Name, address and nationality of an applicant
  4. Priority information (if needed)

For further details, please read this.

 

 


How can I check the status of a trademark application in Japan?


Free website retrieval service operated by INPIT is a useful tool for conducting trademark searches and checking status of trademark applications and registrations. Yet, much information is available only in Japanese.  In English, basic information including important dates, numbers, etc. is available. There might be cases where you need the status of a trademark application more exactly.

 

If you want to know more detailed status of a trademark application, ask your representatives in Japan. They will be able to obtain information that you need.

 

Anyway, here is how you check the status of a trademark application.

Please go to this free website retrieval service called J-PlatPat (Japan Platform for Patent Information) run by INPIT.

https://www.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/web/all/top/BTmTopEnglishPage

 

Use "Japanese Trademark Database" under the "Trademark" category.

To access application information, simply enter the application number that you want to retrieve, and click the "Search" button. At the bottom of the page, it will display the number of search results retrieved, and click the number or the "View list" button. And then click the application or registration number to go to the information page.

 

 

 


Trademark Renewal

Can we pay a trademark renewal fee in installments?


Yes.

The trademark renewal fee can be paid in two installments in Japan.

 

If you choose to pay it by installments, the renewal fee for the first five years must be paid at the time of renewal request, and the second payment of the renewal fee for the remaining five years must be made within 5 years from the original expiration date of the trademark right.

 

Official fee for renewal for 10 years

JPY 38,800 per class

 

Official fee for renewal paid in installments

JPY 22,600 per class

 

Please be aware that when a renewal fee is paid in installments, total renew fees end up being higher than the renewal fee paid all at once in a single payment.

 

Taking this into account, we would not recommend installment payment option, except under certain circumstances.

 

 

 


Madrid Protocol designating Japan

What documents do we need to respond to a Notification of Provisional Refusal issued by the Japan Patent Office?


Following document is required: 

  • the ORIGINAL Power of Attorney form simply signed by the holder of International Registration. Neither notarization nor legalization is required.

 


When is the due date for responding to a Notification of Provisional Refusal?


The due date for responding to a Notification of Provisional Refusal is within three months from the date of pronouncement, as indicated at the bottom of the Notification.

 

The due date can be extended for up to three months in total, upon request.

 

 


We received a Notification of Second Part of Individual Fee from the International Bureau of WIPO. What is the Second Part of Individual Fee? And, do we have to make the payment?


Yes. When protection is granted in Japan, it is necessary for the holder to pay the Second Part of the Individual Fee to the International Bureau of WIPO. Particulars of the payment will be detailed in the Notification. Please read this blog post, for further details.

 

 

 


Other Trademark Services

 

Coming soon!