Asserting a Registered Trademark

  • August 30, 2023


This is Swimmer. This is another Hokuriku story.
When I visited Toyama Prefecture, I bought these sweets as a souvenir.


I was very interested in the design of the wrapping paper, which had a trademark registration number blended into the design in a cute way, and it was a very interesting gift so I picked it up.
It is a very casual and eye-catching way of asserting the right to use the trademark.

Mitsuya Corporation Hankontan


  • August 23, 2023


The other day, I saw a product called “Kiyome-pan” (Kiyome-bread) and bought it.
Kiyome-pan is a product of Kiyome Mochi Sohonke, a long-established confectionary store located near the east gate of Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya City.

The signature product of Kiyome Mochi Sohonke is Kiyokemochi, a famous sweet made of sweet red bean paste wrapped in soft Habutae rice cakes, which has long been a favorite souvenir of pilgrims to Atsuta.

Kiyome-pan (Kiyome-bread)

According to the leaflet inside the package, Kiyome Mochi Sohonke was once used to make bread for rationing during the chaotic postwar period, and is a reincarnation of the “KIYOMEPAN” of that time, a “manju like bread”.
Indeed, the moist and chewy texture of the dough is a little different and mysterious from bread.

Like “Nago-Nyan” introduced the other day, a derivative of a well-known product attracts a lot of attention, and I would like to buy it together with “Kiyome Mochi”. (Syszo)

“KIYOME” of Kiyome Mochi Sohonke was registered as a Japanese trademark in 1954.

Pokémon Sleep

  • August 16, 2023


I downloaded Pokémon Sleep, a game app for smartphones released in July of this year. It is a game that allows you to measure and record your sleep by simply running the app when you go to bed and placing your smartphone next to your pillow. The concept is “to look forward to getting up in the morning”. When I actually played the game, I could see my own sleep data and came to realize anew the importance of sleep. Also, the sleeping faces of the Pokémon in the game are so cute that I can’t help but keep playing.

smartphone next to your pillow

“Pokémon Sleep” is a registered trademark (Japanese Trademark No. 6271841) and is a joint application by Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. As you can see from the application date (May 22, 2019) and registration date (July 21, 2020), it was released this year after several years of planning and development (Rabbit)

Pokémon Sleep official website:

Whereabouts of X

  • August 9, 2023


 The service name of Twitter has been changed to “X”. In response, YOSHIKI of the rock band X JAPAN tweeted, “I think X JAPAN trademark is registered”. Indeed, if you replace the “Twitter” part of Twitter JAPAN with “X”, it becomes “X JAPAN”.


 Under the Japanese Trademark Law, “a trademark consisting solely of an extremely simple and common mark” cannot be registered (Article 3.1 of the Trademark Law), and the Examination Guidelines provide an example of an “extremely simple and common mark” as “a mark consisting of one or two Roman characters. In other words, “X” alone, without a logo, has no distinguishing power and will not be registered as a trademark.

 The above-mentioned “X JAPAN” has been registered as a trademark in standard characters (Japanese Registration No. 4750523). In the U.S., Microsoft and Meta have also registered “X” as a trademark, although not in standard characters. There are many other registrations for the letter X as well.

 It will be interesting to see the future of the branding of Twitter and “X”. (Marron)

Reference URL:
Twitter” is now “X” and “Twitter Japan” is now “X Japan” ……? YOSHIKI: “I think it’s trademarked…”

Meta and Microsoft have already trademarked X in the US

The Comfort of Writing with a Fountain Pen

  • August 2, 2023


 I have never had any connection with fountain pens, which had been in vogue long before the Corona disaster, nor with the popular buzzword “ink swamp,”. I have recently started using a fountain pen, though it is an inexpensive one with a regular price of about 1,000 yen, and I like it because it is very easy to write smoothly with almost no pressure.

 There are many kinds of fountain pens in the affordable price range these days, but I chose a fountain pen called “Kakuno” by Pilot Corporation (Japanese trademark registration 5641486, 5697648), which I noticed in the writing instruments section of my local bookstore. I bought one with a transparent body and cap, which is convenient because it is easy to check the remaining amount of ink cartridge. It is inexpensive, so you may purchase one for each ink color.

Fountain Pen "Kakuno"

Fountain Pen "Kakuno"

 The package says, “You will surely enjoy writing”, and the nib has a humorous illustration. The company’s website has an introduction on how to use the pen written in an easy-to-read format for children, so even those who are new to fountain pens should have no trouble using it.

 The fountain pen is light and smooth to write with, so it is said to be easy to use for a long time without getting tired. It is also understandable that writers love to use fountain pens. When I get used to Kakuno, I will try another fountain pen. (blink)