How Long Does it Take to Register a Trademark in Japan?

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

After a trademark application is filed to the Japan Patent Office, the application has to wait in a queue for about 9 to 11 months until it is examined by a trademark examiner.

 

Until a year ago, it took only about 5 months.

These days, from filing of a trademark application until receiving a first action from an examiner, it takes about 9 to 11 months in Japan.

 

It means in 9 to 11 months after the date of filing, an applicant will receive either

  • "Decision of Registration", which is a notification sent to you when your trademark is approved to be registered, or
  • "Notification of Reasons for Refusal", which is the office action you receive when an examiner finds grounds to refuse your application.

Upon receipt of "Decision of Registration", the registration fee must be paid within 30 days from the receipt of the decision.

How long does it take to be registered if reasons for refusal are found by an examiner? It varies depending upon contexts of reasons for refusal and how the applicant wishes to overcome the reasons.

 

What we do to avoid unnecessary delays during the application period

 We do our very best to carefully prepare your trademark application to avoid any unnecessary objections by the Japan Patent Office.

 

It Takes About 9 to 11 Months. That's Why a Trademark Search is Recommended.

 It takes about 9 to 11 months from filing of a trademark application until receiving a notification informing the outcome of examination. That is why Trademark Wagon strongly recommends conducting a trademark search BEFORE filing a trademark.

 

Why is a trademark search needed when it takes about 9 to 11 months?

To find the answer to that question, please read this.

 

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