Discovery of Client Products

  • May 29, 2023

#intellectual property #trademark

Last week, I went to a large hospital near my workplace for my company’s regular medical checkup. My least favorite part of the checkup is the blood draw. I didn’t want to see the needle being inserted or the blood being drawn, so I distracted myself by looking at the box on the table. The box contained antiseptic cotton for use prior to needle insertion. I looked carefully at the lid of the box and saw that it was a product called ” Alwety ” made by Osaki Medical Co., Ltd.


Osaki Medical Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells many products for medical and nursing care, and its products are spread not only in Japan but also in other countries.
Our firm assists in applying for trademark registration of product names and logos. They have an intellectual property department that is getting a lot of attention on TV, and we hope that they will continue to develop products that will benefit the world. (Rabbit)

Osaki Medical Co., Ltd. Website
Alwety Product List
Alwety Public Gazette

Potato Bag

  • May 24, 2023


 ”Potato Bag” and “Jagarico Bake-Tsutsi ” are kits for growing potatoes on balconies and other places with only watering, and are sold at home centers. The products are a mixture of fertilizer and soil for growing potatoes, but the appearance of the products has a strong impact, and I feel that Calbee’s brand power is well utilized.
 Our family purchased the potato bags. They also sold “Poroshiri” seed potatoes, but we were told that regular potatoes would also work, so we are growing potatoes that have sprouted as seed potatoes.
 I am looking forward to eating the delicious potatoes I grew myself in a little while! (Marron)

Potato Bag

 ”Potato Bag” is a trademark of Calbee Potato Co. and “Jagarico” is a trademark of Calbee Co. “Poroshiri” is also registered as a variety by Calbee Potato Co.
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Manga Guide to “Intellectual Property” Work

  • May 17, 2023

#intellectual property #patent attorney

 The TV drama “Copy That?” was introduced on our blog some time ago. Have you been watching it?

 I watch it every week. By the way, I rarely watch TV dramas. I started watching it “just in case” because I work at a patent firm, but the content was more elaborate and interesting than I expected, and now I even record it every week to watch it (laugh). Personally, I have also learned the difference in perspective between a corporate IP department and a patent firm.

 I started reading the original novels (1 and 2) after watching the drama, and a comicalized version has already been published. It seems to be free to read so far. It looks like the original novel has been shrunk down so much that it can be read in no time at all. If you have read the novel, you may want to put the comicalized version off.

 In the vein of introducing the comicalized version of “Copy That?”, I would like to introduce another work that gives you a taste of “intellectual property” work in manga form.

 One such work is the manga “Heavy Guard,” published by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA). Unlike “Copy That?” which is from the perspective of a corporate intellectual property department, this one depicts the daily work of a patent attorney from the perspective of a patent firm. Hirokane Production, well known for its “Kosaku Shima” series, is in charge of the artwork. So far, up to the 6th episode has been released, and each episode is divided into a first part and a second part, making it a fast-paced read. Its manga has more technical terms than “Copy That?” but it is not lacking in annotations.

 Although it is different from “Copy That?” and “Heavy Guard” which are easy-to-read manga works for general readers, the JPO has published a manga called “Manga Examination Criteria – AI/IoT Edition –”. This is a “cartoon of the basic concept of patent examination standards” with the “desire to familiarize non-patent experts with patent examination” and so on. The JPO hopes that “those who are interested in fields other than AI/IoT-related technologies” will also find the manga useful, since “the basic concept of patent examination is common to other fields as well”.

 The JPO has also published a manga, “History of Intellectual Property”. It introduces historical episodes of patents, designs, trademarks, etc., and features Korekiyo Takahashi, the first Commissioner of the Patent Office, as well as Japan’s ten greatest inventors. Local libraries have learning manga for children that feature inventions and discoveries, and this one is designed to be read in the same way.

Flowers and Dumplings

  • May 10, 2023


In April, I visited the cherry blossom festival in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture.

cherry blossom festival in Okazaki

I had been to Okazaki several times before, but this time the area around Okazaki Castle was full of tourists and more lively than usual, probably due to the influence of the historical drama “What Will You Do, Ieyasu? “.

Although it had been a few days since the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, it was beautiful to see them while walking along the wide Oto River.

cherry blossom festival in Okazaki

On the way back from Okazaki, we stopped by the main store of the long-established confectioner “Bizen store”.
I bought several sweets including “Tefukin no shirabe,” a favorite of mine since childhood, and headed home with a smile on my face.
It was a very satisfying day of cherry blossom viewing and eating delicious sweets.

Tefukin no shirabe

The trademark “Tefukin no shirabe” was registered on November 7, 1997 for the designated goods “confectionery and a bread” (Japanese registration No. 3356611).

According to J-platpat, the oldest registered trademark currently held by Bizen store, a general partnership, is “Kodai Aoi” (Japanese Registration No. 259544), which was registered in 1934.
I can feel the history of the brand, which has been carefully protected from 1934 to the present. Next, I would like to try the “Kodai Aoi Mochi” which uses this trademark.

The Corona Era and the Common University Entrance Test

  • May 1, 2023

#intellectual property

 More than three years have passed since the era known as the Corona Disaster began in the latter half of January 2020; January 2020 was also the time when the last National Center Test for University Admissions was held. The following year, in 2021, the National Center Test for University Admissions was replaced by the Common University Entrance Test, and the third test was held in January of this year. As if in step with the Corona Era, the Common University Entrance Test has been conducted year after year.

 This year, Question 7 of the first question in Contemporary Society asked about appropriate policies regarding the relationship between patent rights related to drugs developed in developed countries for the treatment of “certain intractable diseases” and the use of such drugs in developing countries.

Excerpt from the question

 Developed countries have developed a cure for a certain intractable disease and the number of deaths has decreased significantly, whereas developing countries cannot afford to purchase the expensive cure, nor can they pay the high patent fees and manufacture it in their own countries. (omitted)
 Patent protection is important for developers of therapeutic drugs to recover the huge amount of money invested in new drug development and to conduct new research and development. (omitted) A policy of [ ] is appropriate to make therapeutics available now to people in developing countries without harming the interests of patent holders.

The correct choices to put in [ ] are as follows

 International organizations such as the World Health Organization use funds contributed by developed countries and philanthropic organizations to purchase therapeutic drugs and supply them to developing countries

 Although the question blurs the term “a certain incurable disease,” it is clear that the questioner is thinking of the coronavirus. It is assumed that this question was created based on the “Unit-Aid” concept, which was reportedly proposed by then Prime Minister Abe and considered by the G7 in May 2020. (Japanese only) (Japanese only)

 Two and a half years have passed since the event in the real world, and the question may have been posed at a time when the evaluation of the options has become socially established. As someone involved in intellectual property, I would be happy if the examination questions like this could help students to take an interest in the patent system. (Conan)

 (Note) The illustration is an image and has nothing to do with the questions of the Common University Entrance Test.