Trademark applications related to Damon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part 2

  • June 30, 2021


I have mentioned in one of my previous articles that trademark applications were filed for the haori (jacket) patterns of the characters that appear in Damon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The first examination results came out.
My previous article: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba-related trademark application

The Giyu, Shinobu, and Rengoku patterns were registered as trademarks on June 3, 2021. (Registration numbers 6397486, 6397487, and 6397488)
If you are interested, select “Trademark Number Inquiry” from “Trademark” of J-PlatPat and enter the above number in the registration number field to see the detailed information.

Personally, I thought Shinobu and Rengoku patterns had possibilities of being registered, but Giyu pattern might be difficult, so it was rather as expected. The haori with two-side-patterns of Giyu may have contributed to his discriminating power.

In addition, on the same day, the character names of 炭次郎(Tanjiro), 禰豆子(Nezuko), 善逸(Zenitsu),伊之助(Inosuke), and 義勇(Giyu) as well as 全集中(Full Concentration), 無限列車(Infinite Train), and 鬼殺隊(Demon Slayer corps) were registered as trademarks in standard characters. The right holder for all of them is Shueisha Co., Ltd.

On the other hand, the reasons for refusal were notified for the Tanjiro, the Nezuko, and the Zenitsu patterns. All applicable articles are Article 3, Paragraph 1, Item 6 and are certified as having no discriminating power.
There is a good chance that the applicant, Shueisha, will respond to the three reasons for refusal, so I would like to continue to look at future examination results. (Marron)

Print Club “Purikura” (Photo Sticker Machine)

  • June 23, 2021


The familiar design I will introduce this time is “Purikura”. Print club, or “Purikura” for short, are often found at arcades. Recently, there are also stores specializing in print sticker machines, which is familiar as one of the Japanese cultures.
FURYU Corporation is a company that focuses on “fashionable things” for the younger generation, such as photo booths and colored contacts. Most of the photo booth models that were popular when I was a high school student were FURYU products.

When I took a picture with this print sticker machine before, I was interested in the difference in appearance from the conventional model, and when I searched with Jplat-pat, it turned out that the application and registration were made for the partial design. Models that utilize this partial design are “AROUND 20”, “PURi BOX”, “PURi BOX more”, etc.

It is a Japanese culture, and I felt a sense of familiarity with the existence of designs around me. (Rabbit)

Japanese Design Registration No. 1651555
Registration Date: January 9, 2020
Right Holder: FURYU Corporation

Print Stickers; FURYU Corporation HP (English)
FURYU Corporation; Print Sticker Machines Lineup (Japanese)

Webinars of WIPO Japan Office (3rd week of June)

  • June 14, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has made to review convenience of seminars and the number of webinar-style events has increased. Even in the intellectual property industry we are in, webinars are being held one after another and their use is expanding.

Meanwhile, I would like to introduce the webinars of the WIPO Japan office, which has been held frequently since last year. Here are the webinars that will be held in the 3rd week of June. Both are in Japanese so you can easily participate. After the presentation, you can also ask questions using the web tools.

1. Patent Ecosystem in Silicon Valley (Japanese)
Tuesday, June 15th 11:00-12:00 (Japan time)
Speaking of Silicon Valley in the United States, it is a birthplace of tech giants such as Apple and Google and developed many start-up companies. This webinar will introduce the latest patent applications from the area and the trends in patent business.

2. The Hague system; How to use the online application tool “eHague” and the update tool “eRenewal” (Japanese)
Friday, June 18th 17:00-18:00 (Japan time)
The personnel from WIPO headquarters in Geneva will introduce the procedure on the web of the Hague system, which is the international registration system for designs, using the actual screen.

Of course, it is not only this week, but WIPO webinars are held at any time. If you are interested, please check the event calendar of the Japan Patent Office and the WIPO Japan Office HP.

Japan Patent Office Event Calendar (Japanese)

WIPO Japan Office (English)


Light Glasses

  • June 9, 2021


Recently, I’ve had my new glasses made for desk work.

After consulting with a shop assistant, I chose glasses of the inhouse brand called “Cotori”.
The registered trademark logo and attached illustration match the brand concept of “heart-tweeting lightness” and I felt it was easy to imagine the characteristics of the glasses because it properly expressed them.

I was thrilled to get new glasses that look and feel light.
The special case and the wiping cloth that came with the glasses as gifts are also wonderful ♪
Even though I took a long time to make various requests, the shop assistant said, “I enjoyed making them.” and I was able to leave the store with a better feeling. (Cacao)

Japanese Trademark Registration No.6259543 (J-PlatPat)
Cotori brand shop (Japanese only)

Easy Note

  • June 2, 2021


Shortly after the beginning of the new semester, I found one of the teaching materials that my child brought back from school that said, “patented product”. On the front cover, it was labeled “Repeating Keisan Drill Raku Raku Note(Repeating Calculation Workbook Easy Note)”, and a nostalgic illustration of “3-chome Tama” on it.

I wondered what kind of content was in the patent on the notebook, so I looked it up on the familiar J-Plat Pat, and the summary said, “To provide exercise notebooks and problem practice materials that allow students to learn how to properly write and use notebooks by solving problems using problem workbooks.”

I looked through the contents of the workbook, and even in them, I could see the ingenuity that went into making it easy for children to learn and write. I was impressed that this was a great invention, and I was reminded again that there are various forms of invention. (Marigold)

Japanese Patent Registration Number: 5031612
Introduction page of Easy Note (Shingakusha Co. Ltd.) (Japanese)