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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mrz 18, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 4/15)
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Non-Traditional Trademarks Soon Registerable

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has published on January 23, 2015 that the long-planned amendments of Japanese IP laws have passed the parliament and will enter into force on April 1, 2015,

The amendments include that non-traditional trademarks like colours, sounds, movements, holograms and position marks are registerable.

Further, applicants of designs can file one application at one office instead of having to file the same application in several countries where protection is needed. This will lower the costs (adaptation to the Geneva revision of the Hague agreement).

For further details, please see the METI website (Japanese only).