JPO – Examination Guidelines for Trademarks

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Examination Guidelines for Trademarks


The “Examination Guidelines for Trademarks”are made and published for the sake of standardization and uniformity in the examination of trademark application at the Japanese Patent Office.
We have published this “Examination Guidelines for Trademarks”in English for  overseas users.
Furthermore, there are some examples which have been changed partly from the original Japanese version for easy understanding.
We hope this “Examination Guidelines for Trademarks”in English is useful for efficient management of Trade Marks.
Chapter Ⅰ: Article 3(1) – Requirements for trademark registration
  • Part 1: Article 3(1) – PDF
  • Part 2: Principal Paragraph of Article 3(1) – PDF
  • Part 3: Article 3(1)(i)  – PDF
  • Part 4: Article 3(1)(ii) – PDF
  • Part 5: Article 3(1)(iii) – PDF
  • Part 6: Article 3(1)(iv) – PDF
  • Part 7: Article 3(1)(v)  – PDF
  • Part 8: Article 3(1)(vi) – PDF 
Chapter Ⅱ: Article 3(2) – Distinctiveness of Trademark in Use – PDF  
Chapter Ⅲ: Article 4(1)(3) – Unregistrable Trademarks
  • Part 1: Article 4(1)(i) – PDF
  • Part 2: Article 4(1)(ii), (iii) and (v) – PDF
  • Part 3: Article 4(1)(iv) – PDF
  • Part 4: Article 4(1)(vi) – PDF
  • Part 5: Article 4(1)(vii) – PDF
  • Part 6: Article 4(1)(viii) – PDF
  • Part 7: Article 4(1)(ix) – PDF
  • Part 8: Article 4(1)(x) – PDF
  • Part 9: Article 4(1)(xi) – PDF
  • Part 10: Article 4(1)(xii) – PDF
  • Part 11: Article 4(1)(xiv) – PDF
  • Part 12: Article 4(1)(xv) – PDF
  • Part 13: Article 4(1)(xvi) – PDF
  • Part 14: Article 4(1)(xvii) – PDF
  • Part 15: Article 4(1)(xviii) – PDF
  • Part 16: Article 4(1)(xix) – PDF
  • Part 17: Article 4(3) – PDF
Chapter Ⅳ: Article 5 – Applications for Trademark Registration – PDF
Chapter Ⅴ: Article 6 – Single trademark on each application- PDF
Chapter Ⅵ: Article 7 – Collective Trademarks – PDF
Chapter Ⅶ: Article 7-2 – Regionally based collective trademarks
  • Part 1: Principal Paragraph of Article 7-2(1) – PDF
  • Part 2: Article 7-2(1)(i), (ii) and (iii) – PDF
  • Part 3: Article 7-2(2) – PDF
Chapter Ⅷ: Article 8 – First-to-File Rule – PDF
Chapter Ⅸ: Article 9 – Special provisions at the time of filing of application – PDF
Chapter Ⅹ: Article 10 – Division of application for trademark registration – PDF
Chapter Ⅺ: Article 15-3 – Unregistered Prior Trademark – PDF
Chapter Ⅻ: Article 16 – Examiner’s Decision that a Trademark is to be Registered – PDF
Chapter XIII: Article 16-2 and 17-2 – Dismissal of amendment – PDF
Chapter XIV: Article 64 – Registrability of Defensive Marks – PDF
Chapter XV: Article 65-2, 65-3 and 65-4 – Duration of right based on defensive mark registration – PDF
Chapter XVI: rticle 68-9, 68-10, 68-11, 68-12, 68-13, 68-15, 68-16, 68-17, 68-18, 68-20 and 68-28 – Special Provisions Relating to Application for International Registration – PDF
Chapter XVII: Article 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12 and 24 of Supplementary Provisions – Reclassification – PDF
Chapter XVIII: Others – PDF
Chapter XIX: Article 7 and 8 of the Supplementary Provisions of Act No. 55 of 2006 – Trademark Applications for Retail Services Filed During the Exception Period – PDF

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