The technology of deliciousness

  • September 24, 2021

#patent #trademark

I like Ichimasa Kamaboko’s “Karikko” snack series, and whenever I see them at the supermarket, I can’t resist buying them. The texture is chewy and hard, and I can’t stop eating them. There are three types: sardine (Karikko Iwashi), shrimp (Karikko Ebi), and seaweed & hijiki seaweed (Karikko Wakame&Hijiki), but sardine is my favorite.

Karikko Iwashi

On the back, there is a patent number for the manufacturing method. (Japanese Patent No. 3816037)

Karikko Iwashi

I felt that the crunchy texture with the flavor of fish is supported by this kind of technology.
In addition, “Karikko Iwashi” and “Karikko” have been registered as Japanese trademarks.

This product is often found in supermarkets, not in the confectionary section, but in the section where fish paste and fish sausage are sold, so if you are curious about it, please look for it. (Marron)


  • September 17, 2021


The other day, my friend gave me a KAKUSAN face roller (beauty massager) as a birthday present.

KAKUSAN face roller beauty massager

When I used it the first time, my impression was painful. It was a feeling of being pulled while being pinched.
However, as I continued to use it, I got used to it and the pain disappeared.
Recently, I’ve been using it every night, so it doesn’t hurt as much as it did at the beginning, and I can easily roll around while watching TV.
“KAKUSAN” was registered as a trademark on February 26, 2016 (Japanese Trademark Registration No. 5829303), and the right holder is “深▲セン▼市カクサン有限会社(Shenzhen KKS Tech Co., Ltd.)” from China.

I rarely show my face now because of masks, but I would like to continue using it.

Gohei Mochi from Yotsuya Senmaida (Thousand Rice Paddies of Yotsuya)

  • September 8, 2021


The other day, I went to Toshika Shrine in Toyokawa City to have my car purified.
After the prayer, I was given a set of Gohei mochi as a gift. It was a set of vacuum-packed Gohei mochi and Hatcho miso sauce.
The rice used is Mineasahi rice grown in the Senmaida rice field in Yotsuya, and the skewers are made of cedar wood from near Horaiji Mountain. In addition to a leaflet on how to eat it, three pamphlets were enclosed, showing the many particulars and thoughts of the producers.

Gohei Mochi from Yotsuya Senmaida

According to J-PlatPat, the product name “Yotsuya Senmaida” branded on the skewers has been applied for as a Japanese trademark application. As the application is under examination, I read the argument in response to the notice of reasons for refusal and was able to catch a glimpse of the applicant’s contribution to regional revitalization through “Yotsuya Senmaida,” a regional and tourist resource.
I would like to enjoy the Gohei mochi while thinking about the Senmaida rice field in Yotsuya, which I have yet to visit. (Cacao)

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM)

  • September 5, 2021


Today, I would like to introduce an invention related to September 5. What I will introduce this time is dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) devised by American electronical engineer and inventor Robert H. Dennard (1932.9.5 ~). Today, September 5th, is his 89th birthday.

DRAM is a type of semiconductor memory. It has the disadvantage of constantly consuming power for refreshing (memory retention operation) because information is lost when it is discharged, but it is widely used in computers’ main storage devices, digital televisions, and digital cameras, etc. due to its large capacity and low cost.
Currently, all the main storage devices of computers are DRAM. In recent years, DRAMs that specialize in low power consumption have also appeared.

The DRAM we use every day was conceived by Dennard in 1966 at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. The following year of 1967, a patent application was filed, and it was registered in 1968 (US3387286A). Dennard also won the Kyoto Prize in 2013.

By the way, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center is a research division of IBM. In addition to Dennard, it is known that many prominent scientists such as Benoit Mandelbrot in mathematics and Leo Esaki in physics also worked there.

Related Link: Robert H. Dennard – Wikipedia


Rice Trademarks

  • August 25, 2021


I searched for trademarks on rice. I found a registered trademark on the packaging of “Koshihikari”.
It seems that Koshihikari rice from Niigata is milled in Aichi prefecture.

Koshihikari Pearl Rice Pearl Rice MOG

The character trademark of “パールライス(Pearl Rice)” was registered on June 10, 1976 as Japanese trademark registration No. 1204268 of the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations.

The combined trademark of the letters and figurative elements of “Pearl Rice” was registered on August 11, 2020 as Japanese trademark registration No. 6278960 of the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations.

The “MOG” trademark was registered on May 22, 2009 as Japanese trademark registration No. 5231789 of the Aichi Prefectural Federation of Economic and Agricultural Cooperatives.

The trademark “日本全国よりすぐり。\お米の国から(Highly selected from all over Japan, the country of rice)” was registered on February 25, 2020 as Japanese trademark registration No. 6229072 of the Aichi Prefectural Federation of Economic and Agricultural Cooperatives.

Even if the package design does not mention it as a registered trademark, I thought that many brands, graphics, and catchphrases were registered as trademarks.

Local Sake Handago

  • August 18, 2021

#design #patent #trademark #utility model

The other day, I found an advertisement that caught my attention. The words “Thanks to you, we’ve won first place in the U.S.” drew my attention, and upon closer inspection, I realized that it was a sake that had won the Grand Prix at the American Sake Competition.


I checked my local supermarket to see if they had it, and luckily I was able to purchase it.


Drinking well-chilled sake on a hot day is the best. Eating it with refreshing somen noodles made it feel like summer. It was a well-balanced sake, not too heavy and not too light. A search of the J-Plat Pat database for Nakano Sake Brewery Co., Ltd,, the maker of Handa-Go, revealed a total of six patent and utility model applications, one design application, and 207 trademark applications, including Handa-Go. The number of trademarks is overwhelmingly large, and I wondered if the company was developing its business with a strategy to increase its brand power.

Nakano Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.’s website, Handa-Go page (Japanese only)

I was a little excited to find out that there are many delicious local delicacies that have yet to be discovered. (Marigold)

Natsuno Seiya (Summer Seiya)

  • August 12, 2021


It’s been hot days when the temperature doesn’t drop even in the evening.

It feels like the culture of watching the setting sun and enjoying the cool evening has been lost in Japan today and more like a world apart.

However, when it gets dark and night begins, Cygnus (or the Swan constellation) shows the unchanged appearance with its wings spread and flies from north to south along the Milky Way.

I found a sweet package with a cute summer night sky as a motif, so I will introduce it for eye candy.

Natsuno Seiya (Summer Seiya)

”Natsuno Seiya” by Minokame Co., Ltd.

Minokame Co., a Okaki (Japanese rice cracker) maker in Nagoya, and the logo “Minokame” is registered as a trademark.


Japanese trademark registration number: No. 3107725
Registration date: December 26, 1995


  • August 4, 2021


Hi, I’m Hiro.
My children often play with a toy called “MAGNA-TILES”.


Each side of the square or triangular plate has a magnet, and by attaching the sides together, you can make various shapes, flat or three-dimensional. The magnetism is not too strong and not too weak, but just the right strength so that even children with weak hands can easily attach and remove the magnets.


On the right side of “MAGNA-TILES” on the package, there is a mark (circled R) indicating a registered trademark.


Since “MAGNA-TILES” is a U.S. product, I checked the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System) and found several registrations for the character trademark “MAGNA-TILES” (US Registration numbers: 2654320, 5622354, 6247284, 6323690).

Of these, the one with the registration number 2654320 was registered for “Manipulative toys, namely, blocks and puzzles” as Designated Goods and Services, with an application date of February 6, 2002 and a registration date of November 26, 2002. The current owner of the trademark is MVW HOLDINGS, INC.

“I checked J-PlatPat to see if “MAGNA-TILES” was registered as a trademark in Japan, and found that it was registered under Japanese Registration number 5816110. The designated goods or services here are “educational toys, block toys, building blocks (toys),” with the application date is July 2, 2015, the registration date is December 25, 2015, and the trademark holder is People Corporation (Tokyo, Chuo-ku).

Further research revealed that MAGNA-TILES is the U.S. version of an educational toy called Pythagoras, which People Corporation began selling in Japan in 1992 (MVW (formerly Valtech) began selling it in 1997) (People Corporation: ピタゴラスとは?)

The trademark “Pythagoras(ピタゴラス)” was applied for in Japan by People Corporation, Ltd. on December 25, 1991, and registered on May 31, 1995 (Japanese Registration number: No. 2707566).

Spice Curry

  • July 30, 2021


When I was net-surfing the other day, I came across a recipe for spiced curry by a spice cooking expert named “Indo Curry-Ko”. (“Indo” is India in Japanese, “-Ko” is commonly used for a girl’s name in Japanese)

Her recipe basically uses only three spices: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and turmeric (I like spicy food, so I add cayenne pepper). The other ingredients are what you can easily find, such as onions, tomatoes, and yogurt. Just with these ingredients, you can make an authentic curry with the tasty scent of the spices. I love it so much that I keep making it again and again. I hope to eat a lot of spice curry this summer and get through it with energy.

“Indo Curry-Ko” is registered as a trademark for the designated product “Curry” (Japanese Trademark Registration No. 6176763, Japanese Trademark Registration No. 6393357). (Sakuramochi)

Resin Accessories

  • July 21, 2021


An old friend of mine has been making accessories with UV resin.
UV resin is a special resin solution that hardens under UV light.
After pouring the UV resin solution into a mold of your choice, you can put your favorite small objects in the mold, or you can color the UV resin solution itself and then expose it to UV light to harden it into your original accessory.

Even though it is just a resin solution, if you look into it, you will find that different manufacturers have different technologies, such as ease of hardening, blending with inclusions, durability, etc. that Patents for manufacturing methods have been applied.
There are many kits available at general stores and stationery stores in town, and you may see them, but I feel that it is a very deep world where the sense of the creator is important because it is easy to make. (Swimmer)