Posts Tagged: japan


Trademark Applications Surge as Overseas Brands Enter U.S. Market

The number of trademark applications being filed by foreign companies with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been growing steadily – and in China’s …
By Mark Peroff
2 months ago 0

Protection Strategies for Growth-Phase Companies

When it comes to the IP rights of your competitors, what you don’t know can hurt you. As your company brings new products to the marketplace, …
By Matthew Grady & Daniel Rudoy
3 months ago 0

Didi Chuxing acquires 150 patents in automotive, self-driving space

International patent brokerage and Intellectual Property advisory firm Tangible IP is poised to announce that it has successfully brokered the sale of a patent portfolio of close …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 0

Three Outstanding IP Deals of 2017

These IP deals were not necessarily selected for their size, but for their indicative nature of a set of circumstances that exist in current markets that made …
By Efrat Kasznik
1 year ago 0

U.S. Leads World in Quantum Computing Patent Filings with IBM Leading the Charge

Patenting activities in the quantum computing sector have rapidly increased in recent years, with the U.S. by far the preferred jurisdiction for applicants... One interesting finding …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

Mattel fais in Japanese trademark opposition to block ‘Salon BARBIES’

In a recent trademark opposition, the Opposition Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) dismissed an opposition by Mattel, Inc. – maker of the world-famous Barbie doll – who …
By Masaki Mikami
1 year ago 0

Apple failed to block Swatch’s attempt to acquire the trademark for Steve Jobs’ catchphrase ‘one more thing’

The Swiss watchmaker Swatch's effort to acquire the trademark for "SWATCH ONE MORE THING" has run in to opposition from Apple, which argues the phrase ‘one more …
By Masaki Mikami
1 year ago 0

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2016 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2015 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
1 year ago 0

JPO Decides WHITNEY HOUSTON Trademark is Descriptive When Used on Music Recordings

At an initial examination proceeding, JPO examiner refused the trademark with respect to all goods in class 9 on the grounds that consumers can easily perceive or conceive …
By Masaki Mikami
1 year ago 0

Past as Prologue: Is there Hope for America’s Patent System?

We need to remember that we’ve seen America's patent system in near complete collapse before. In the 1960s and 1970s the Supreme Court never saw a …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 14

Famous hotel brand RITZ successful in invalidating RITZ MARCHE in Japan

In the assessment of similarity, the Board considered a term “MARCHE” to be less distinctive or inherently descriptive in connection with “retail services or wholesale services for …
By Masaki Mikami
2 years ago 0

Hubbs, Enatsky & Auito Expands IP Law Firm in Northern Virginia and Japan

The firm has more than doubled in size with the addition of Darrin Auito, Hirotsuna Yamashita, Jessica Harrison, and James Judge. These new members bring many years …
By Press Releases
2 years ago 0

A Changing Patent Landscape: U.S. no longer the most patent friendly jurisdiction in the world

At this moment in history almost everything we thought we knew about global patent protection is being challenged. The U.S. is not the most patent friendly …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 13

President-Elect Trump Says the TPP is Dead, but What Now for IP?

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on his first day in office. So ends more …
By Sirena Rubinoff
2 years ago 1

Realistic representation of a product: Grounds for refusal of trademark registration – Ukraine vs European Union

The distinctive character is one of the universally accepted criteria for registration of a sign as a trademark. This criterion is derived from the main function of …
By Yuliia Matsiuk
2 years ago 1