Bad-faith Trademark Filings in Japan

The trademark offices of U. S., Europe, China, Korea, and Japan (TM5) have set out countermeasures against “bad-faith trademark filings” in cooperation with the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Under the recent situation where trademarks of famous geographic names, brands, etc. have been filed and/or registered by a third party, the trademark offices try to prevent fake circulation and erroneous knowledge distribution to support company’s export strategies.

Each trademark office has formulated 10 examples of the bad-faith trademark filings, and INTA will publish them during the annual meeting which is being held this week in Barcelona.

Example of bad-faith trademark in Japan

The TM5 offices released the following table, which shows the brief overview of the systems and operations regarding the bad-faith filings of each office.

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