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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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05-22-2018 (Newsletter Issue 10/18)
Japan
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Revisions to Trademark Examination Manual Expected


The Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that some revisions would be made to the Trademark Examination Manual on April 2, 2018.

Main points of the revision are as follows:
1. Changing the criteria for issuance of an office action relating to intention of use.
2. Revision of the examination criteria for non-traditional trademarks (to make the practice more clear).
3. Revision of treatment of the marks consisting of signs with historic, cultural or traditional value.
4. Revision of the requirement to be an applicant of a regional collective mark.

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Source: www.limegreenipnews.com by Hogan Lovells