Patent Office’s Patent

  • June 25, 2020

#patent #trademark

In May, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that it had acquired a patent right for a patent document search system.
The Patent Office has obtained a patent!? I was personally very surprised.
The inventors are seven examiners of the JPO, and the applicant is the Commissioner of the JPO because it is an employee invention.
There was no precedent of the patent right by the Patent Office.
A trademark application (domestic/international) has also been made for the system “ADPAS”, and it has already been registered internationally.
However, there were precedents for trademark rights by the Japan Patent Office.

We hope that this system will be used to efficiently search the vast number of patent documents in the world and to ensure stable and speedy and high-quality examination.
If you are interested in what kind of invention the ADPAS is, search on J-PlatPat! (Cacao)

[Title] Management system and management method
[PATENT NUMBER] Patent No. 6691280
[Patent holder] Commissioner of the Patent Office

(This picture was quoted from the website of the Ministry of Land,Infrastructure and Tourism.)


  • June 17, 2020


Collecting bellmarks is one of the PTA (Parent-teacher association) activity and I was involved in collecting and counting the bellmarks for my children’s school so I started collecting them. When I look at it in my daily life, I sometimes find myself unexpectedly discovering a bell mark in a product package, which makes me happy.

According to J-PlatPat, Bellmark was registered for Japanese trademark in 1982 and 2009. Though it is a familiar mark in Japan, it was registered as an aid/division for educational institution recently in 2009. The collected bellmarks will be used to purchase books and equipment for each school.

The actual counting was a daunting task of counting the cut-out marks by hand, but if it’s for the children, that steady activity may also be meaningful.
Why don’t you try to collect them too? (Marigold)

Bellmark Educational Foundation Homepage (Japanese)

J-PlatPat Bellmark Trademark Registration (1982)
J-PlatPat Bellmark Trademark Registration (2009)

Pavement block

  • June 10, 2020


Let me introduce a design which you can casually see.
Today, I would like to introduce “Pavement blocks”.
The image below shows the perspective view (Image 1) and a reference diagram showing the usage (Image 2).

In the usage diagram, there is the green area (緑化部) between the pavement blocks(本物品) which makes the pavement block like force behind the edge because you can only see the surface with your eyes.
It is Japanese Design Registration No. 1417594.
If you are interested in the registered information, see the following link (J-PlatPat) for more information. (shou)

Chocolate snack, Takenoko no Sato

  • June 3, 2020


I found boxes of popular Japanese chocolate snack, “Takenoko no Sato” in soybean powder and brown sugar syrup flavor, displayed in a supermarket. It is made by Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (Company website in English) (information on the subject product in Japanese)

I like this combination among the Japanese-style flavors, and as I expected, it was delicious.
The shape of “Kinoko no Yama”, which is a sister product, is registered as a three-dimensional trademark (Trademark Registration No. 6031305), but this “Takenoko no Sato” is under examination (Trademark Application No. 2018-71264). Like ” Kinoko no Yama”, I wonder if it will be registered as a three-dimensional trademark in the future as well. (time)

Olive Pasta

  • May 27, 2020


 Hello. This is Hiro.
 I found a patent number (No.5180993) on the package of pasta that I was given as a souvenir.

 The dry pasta noodles, before boiling, have two grooves extending in the longitudinal direction on the front surface and one on the back surface. Because of this structure, the end-surface (cross section) of the noodle has substantially a W shape as it is shown in Fig.1 of Patent No. 5180993.

 The grooves remained firmly on the noodles after cooking.

 The noodles kneaded with olive oil were chewy, and it was very delicious because the sauce was entwined well with the grooved noodles.

 If you are interested in the content of this patent, please refer to the following J-PlatPat link.
 Patent No. 5180993 (Noodles manufacturing method)
Click English on the top right of the page.

How to spend holidays

  • May 21, 2020


I’ve been spending my holidays and day-offs watching overseas feature-length drama series. I use the video streaming service “prime video” provided by Amazon.
This service provides not only dramas but also domestic and foreign movies, anime works, and the works you want to see are endless. I would like to touch various works and spread my knowledge.

The “prime video” logo is a trademark registration No. 6181570 and a designated product that “offer sound, music, moving images, and images with the contents of movies, documentaries, TV programs, animations, and multimedia presentations that can be searched, purchased, and rented online, ….”. (Sakuramochi)

Coca Cola

  • May 20, 2020


May 8 is the day when the world’s first cola drink, “Coca-Cola” was released in 1886.
Coke was invented by the American pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta and has been popular around the world for over 130 years. However, it was originally taken for medicinal purposes.
“Coca-Cola” and “Coke” are registered trademarks, and the unique shape of the container with a characteristic constriction is registered as a three-dimensional trademark. (Syszo)


Wikipedia: Coca Cola
Wikipedia: John Stith Pemberton

Pet Accessory

  • May 15, 2020


I would like to introduce a patent product that we often come across in our daily lives. It is a “pet accessory”. It can be fitted on and removed easily from pets’ hair and is designed to make sure that it will not come off even if pets shake. For details, please see Japan Patent Publication No.2012-187011. [Chobi]

Our efforts

  • May 11, 2020

Activities to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the state of emergency

For businesses between our firm and the clients, we have clarified measures to prevent spread of COVID-19, and through firm members’ working from home, web conferencing, and our head office activities, we have carried out seamless business activities before and throughout the state of emergency.

At our firm, we introduced from home, off-peak commuting, and teleworking. Also, at an early stage of the crisis, we encouraged handwashing, installed alcohol for disinfection and distributed the bottles to those who wished, wearing masks, and regularly ventilating the office.

As for economic activities, in order to avoid economic stagnation, we spare no effort in creating wisdom and contributing to activities that will lead to the construction of a new society after this corona crisis. As an example, we are supporting nearby restaurants by taking out meals from them.

We must stop further spread of infection. We hereby declare that we will do our best to sustain the symbiosis of humanity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

April 30, 2020



Korea-Japan Attorneys Exchange Meeting 2016

  • February 26, 2016

 A Korea-Japan Attorneys exchange meeting was held in Nagoya the other day.

 Here at Nagoya, Japan, we welcomed many people related to intellectual property from the patent city Daejeon of Korea, and had a great time in this inter-regional exchange across the national border.

 I would like to thank all the participants of intellectual property experts from the Tokai region, including Nagoya, for taking time to make this meeting a really fruitful one (image 1).

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