Registration of trademark in Japan

Japan differs from other Asian countries not only in its culture. The state applies innovative solutions that allow foreign entrepreneurs not only to occupy profitable niches in the country's economy, but also to significantly increase profits.

Registering trademark in Japan is necessary for legalization of business in the given territory, and also for providing legal protection of own goods or services. The owner of the trademark has the right to represent it in court, as well as to prevent the entry of products with similar logos to the market.

Terms and conditions of registering a brand name in Japan

1. The applicant can be both a citizen of the country and a non-resident from any state. The existence of operating business is not an obligatory criterion, however it is necessary to establish company in case of its absence within 5 years after registration of trademark.
2. The trademark shall be represented by the logo of any geometric form, made in any color. In order to create the logo, it is possible to use symbols, signs, hieroglyphs, mottos, pictures and other elements that are not immoral and do not contradict the laws of Japan. Preliminary examination of the logo for compliance with the regulations of the state can be carried out by our lawyers.
3. The requirements on the level of turnover and material welfare are imposed on the operating companies. When submitting the application, the Charter of the enterprise, as well as data from the accounting department, reflecting the balance for several billing periods are included in the package of documents.
4. The package of documents should be submitted in the state language or in English. All forms should pass the verification regarding the accuracy of compilation and the absence of legal inconsistencies.

Trademark registration process in Japan


Step 1
Free Consultation *
During the free consultation, our experts will assist you in selecting the most optimal class under the ICGS
Step 2
Preliminary Check
Our lawyers will carry out an expert assessment of the emblem/logo/TM, ensuring it complies with the necessary requirements and the degree of resemblance between your trademark and already registered TM
Step 3
You can agree with us on the most convenient payment method
Step 6
Obtaining a Certificate
On request, the certificate of registration can be delivered to you via courier service
Step 5
The registrar reviews the application and attached documents; the procedure can be done without the client necessarily being present
Step 4
Submission of Documents
After completing a power of attorney, our specialists collect and prepare the necessary documents (including statement of use) and submit the application for trademark registration

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The client should submit the completed application in the prescribed form to our company for further processing by lawyers. You can get free initial advice on all questions regarding registration of trademark in Japan and other Asian countries by phone, mail or in chat.

After the conversation, the specialist sends you application form with recommendations for filling out, and you also need to provide a scan of the passport and a power of attorney. All other stages of the process are carried out by lawyers of Law&Trust.

Specialists contact representatives of all authorities, from which it is necessary to obtain certificates and statements, and after obtaining the entire list of documentation, proofreading of the forms, as well as the translation of the main pages into foreign language are carried out.

It can take 13-19 months from the time of sending the documentation till the moment of obtaining the trademark. The specific period depends on the type of client and the selected registration procedure, whether it is national one or international one. The lawyer will specify the detailed information for you during individual consultation.

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