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[IP Case Summary: Japan – Trademark/Unfair Competition] 2015 (Wa) No. 29586, Tokyo District Court (November 24, 2016)

Re “Case on TWG black tea parallel import” Overview: A trademark owner (i.e. the plaintiff) asserted: that the importation and sales of goods (black tea bags) by the defendant with the defendant’s mark infringe the trademark right of the plaintiff; that the defendant uses the same indication of goods, etc. as the well-known and famous …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Design] 2016 (Gyo Ke) No. 10108, Intellectual Property High Court (November 10, 2016)

Re “Packaging container” Overview: This case concerns a design of a package container for a detergent. The applicant requested the reversal of an appeal decision by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), in which the design was rejected based on Article 3(2) of the Design Law, with the reasoning that the design could be easily achieved …

Cherry Blossom Season Has Come!

Once a year for a very short period, perhaps a week or two, all of Japan is painted in pale pink – cherry blossom season! In Tokyo, one of the most popular spots for cherry blossoms is Ueno Park near JR Ueno station. This is a huge park with a zoo and museums. During this …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] 2016 (Gyo Ke) No. 10009, Intellectual Property High Court (October 26, 2016)

Re “Humidifier” Overview: This case stems from a patent invalidation trial conducted by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in which the patent was found invalid. The case was then appealed to the Intellectual Property High Court which overturned the former decision rendered by the JPO. Legal Issue: The issue concerns whether the claimed feature of  …

SOEI ASEAN Office Opens!

We, SOEI Patent & Law Firm, opened our new ASEAN office in Bangkok, Thailand. This is our fifth office after the Tokyo head office, Kyoto office, Fukuoka office and Washington DC office. The purpose of our ASEAN office is to support our Japanese clients who seek IP protection in ASEAN countries, in cooperation with local …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Trademark/Unfair Competition] No. 2016 (Ne) 10058, Intellectual Property High Court (October 31, 2016)

Re “Case on potato salad package” Overview: The decision concerns an appeal of the Tokyo District Court decision (Case No. 2015 (Wa) 28027) rendered on April 28, 2016. The plaintiff having sold “Potato Salad” with the indication shown in the first package depicted below (left), has asserted that the defendant’s sale of “Anchovy Salad” with …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Design] No. 2016 (Gyo Ke) 10054, Intellectual Property High Court (November 7, 2016)

Re “Handrail” Overview: The case follows an invalidation appeal decision by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and concerns a request for a reversal of the decision. The design in question concerns a partial design of laminated glass, which is a surface panel material of a “handrail” provided in a building. In the appeal decision, the …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] No. 2016 (Wa) 15355, Tokyo District Court (October 31, 2016)

Re “Oxaliplatin solution formulation, and method for preparing the same and use thereof” Overview: Further to a patent infringement action initiated by the plaintiff, it was found that the defendant’s product does not fall within the technical scope of the invention in question. Legal Issue: The invention claimed in the patent of concern is directed …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Patent] No. 2015 (Gyo Ke) 10212, Intellectual Property High Court (October 12, 2016)

Re “Method for manufacturing mold” Overview: The plaintiff (petitioner of the invalidation trial) has asserted that the disclosure of the main cited document (“Exhibit 1”) includes an invention different from that which was recognized in the invalidation trial decision by the Japan Patent Office, and that therefore, the claimed subject matter lacks an inventive step in view of the …

[IP Case Summary: Japan – Trademark] No. 2016 (Gyo Ke) 10086, Intellectual Property High Court (September 14, 2016)

Re  Appeal requesting the cancellation of registered trademark “LE MANS” Background: This case concerns the registered trademark pertaining to “LE MANS” (Registration No. 971820) and owned by the defendant. Further to the plaintiff requesting the cancellation of the registered trademark due to non-use (Cancellation No. 2014-300901), the Japan Patent Office rejected the request for cancellation …

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