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Asian Legal Business Japan Law Awards 2017 – International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

We are delighted to have won the International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year category in yesterday’s Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan awards ceremony that paid tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams who have contributed significantly to the evolving legal landscape of the region. This award is a reflection of the leading work of

Integrated IP Enforcement – A practical toolkit for Asia

The astonishing growth of Asian economies has led to companies in the region making enormous strides in commercialising and monetising their IP rights. However, the region presents unique risks and challenges in the protection of IP rights. In this context, we are delighted to announce the launch of our IP enforcement toolkit for Asia which we hope

Hogan Lovells Recruits Akira Endo as Consultant

Hogan Lovells has recruited Akira Endo, former head of global brand legal management at Kao Corporation as a Consultant of the firm’s trademark practice. The appointment is a further step in enhancing the firm’s capabilities to provide services tailored to clients in Japan, including consulting services. Akira is a highly accomplished trademark professional with over

Asia – Hot Property

Our Intellectual Property team in Asia is celebrating a run of success taking home the following 5 awards across our offices in China, Japan and Vietnam: International IP Firm of the Year (China Law & Practice Awards); Best in IP (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Award); Japan Trademark Firm of the Year (Asia IP) (Earlier this year we also

Japan: MIPRO’s Foreign Brands Directory is now open for your entry

Until 2014, Japan’s Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (“MIPRO“) published an annual “Directory of Foreign Brand Right Holders” (the “Directory“). The Directory was used by various enforcement agencies, and contained key information about foreign businesses’ trademarks as well as the contact details of brand owners. While MIPRO was unable to issue the Directory in 2015

Japan: Recoverable damages for counterfeiting increased

As a party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Japanese government will revise its Trademark Act to raise limits on civil damages for trademark infringement.  The increase in compensation for damages incurred through counterfeiting will apply in particular to famous brands. This will be useful for famous brand owners to take more effective action against counterfeiters

Japan: JPO registers non-traditional TMs for first time

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) announced on 27 October that it has issued its first-ever registration decisions for non-traditional trademarks. Among the accepted publications are 21 cases for sound marks, 16 for moving marks and 5 for position marks.  The JPO has not yet issued any decisions regarding color marks, for which secondary meaning must be established

U.S. & Japan: Hague – A one-stop shop for design registrations?

In May 2015 the accession of the U.S. and Japan to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs took effect. These accessions significantly broaden the geographical scope of protection of industrial designs via the Hague System adding two of the world’s most important economies and increasing the number of countries and intergovernmental

A simple step to protect your brands in Japan: Get listed in MIPRO’s Foreign Brands Directory

Every year, Japan’s Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (“MIPRO”) publishes a “Directory of Foreign Brand Right Holders” (the “Directory”). This is a well-regarded reference book used by various enforcement agencies containing key information about foreign businesses’ trademarks as well as the contact details of the brand owner. Getting your brands listed in the Directory

Japan amends Trademark Act

The latest amendment of the Trademark Act in Japan (“Amendment”) was announced on May 14, 2014. The Amendment will likely enter into force on April 1, 2015, with the exception of the changes relating to the regional collective marks, which took effect on August 1, 2014. There are two important changes in the Amendment. First,