Asamura Patent Office has a team of patent attorneys with high-level expertise in handling trademark examinations at the Japan Patent Office, and a strong record of performance in trademark-related operations in Japan.

Trademark Search

Prior trademark search

If one party makes an application to register a trademark, its application will not be accepted if another party has already registered the same or a similar trademark. We recommend that a trademark search be performed prior to making an application for registration.

Trademark usage search

A trademark usage search is to investigate the state of usage by the trademark owner of a registered trademark. This is done when, for example, determining whether to apply for a decision for cancellation due to non-usage.

Trademark information search

Information searches relating to a trademark application or registration are made by perusing such records as the register and patent files at the Japan Patent Office.

Trademark application

Once a trademark is registered, the trademark rights are granted to the rights holder (the trademark owner), who then has the exclusive right to use that registered trademark for the specified products or services. Another party using in any way a trademark that is the same or within a similar scope to that registered trademark constitutes a trademark infringement, enabling the injured party to take action against the infringing party to force it to desist from the infringement, and to claim compensation for loss etc.

Presentation of opinions and amendments

The Patent Office issues notice of its reasons for refusal when an application does not satisfy the requirements for registration. Here, the applicant may present an opinion in an attempt to overturn the reasons for refusal. The key to obtaining registration lies in accurately grasping the details of the reasons for refusal and being able to provide the optimum response.
At Asamura Patent Office, we provide our clients with the optimum methods of response and support them throughout the registration process. If reasons for refusal can be resolved and a decision of registration granted, registration can be completed upon payment of the registration fee, allowing the trademark rights holder to use the trademark continuously for 10 years (renewable).

Appeal against an examiner's decision of refusal

In the event that the reasons for refusal cannot be resolved, this constitutes a decision of refusal. If a party wishes to appeal the examiner's decision of refusal, an appeal can be made.