Trademark Law Amendment in Japan: Introduction on Registering Nontraditional Marks

Tomoya Kurokawa

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 5, May/June 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The Japanese Trademark Act was amended in 2014, and came into force on April 1, 2015. This amendment mainly introduces a registration system for nontraditional trademarks, such as sound, color, motion, hologram, and position marks.

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