The history of Hagino Kaori – Familiar Trademark

  • November 20, 2020


The other day, I bought a sweet called “Hagino Kaori”.

This confectionery is sold by “Mitsukuni Honten”, which has a store in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is made by chopping the skin of summer oranges and boiling them in molasses. The one I bought was a limited product, available only in the fall from September to November, so it contained sliced unripe summer oranges. It looked and tasted refreshing and was a very good product.

A search on J-Platpat revealed that the trademark “Hagino Kaori (vertical writing)” was filed for trademark registration in 1919 (Taisho 8) and was registered in the same year (Registration No. 107032).
I realized that “Hagino Kaori” is a product that has been carefully inherited for a long time because it has been repeatedly renewed and registered and the trademark right has been effectively maintained to this day. (Sakuramochi)

Muscle Training with Power Ball

  • November 11, 2020

#intellectual property #patent #utility model

There have been less opportunities to do exercise or muscle training, I purchased an easy-to-use training equipment.
It is called a “Power Ball” or “Wrist Ball” and is used by holding with one hand.

It has a double structure of a ball and an outer ball that wraps it, and after winding a power spring to start the ball, turning the wrist to match the rotation of the ball will increase the number of rotations of the ball. , The gyro effect creates a force that causes the outer ball to move. By countering that force, you can strengthen your muscles.

Depending on how you hold it, you can train from your fingertips to your upper arm, but unlike training equipment such as dumbbells, you can train without overloading your muscles. Because it is small, there is no need to worry about the storage space. There is also a function to change the color and emit light according to the number of rotations, and to display the number of rotations and rotation speed.

When I opened the attached instruction manual, there was the word “patent”.

I haven’t seen many products with numbers lined up by country. It seems that 3 cases are registered in Japan. When I searched for Japanese numbers on J-PatPat, all three were registered as utility models. (Syszo)

Empty can satellite

  • November 6, 2020


Hello. It’s Swimmer.
I saw the news that there was a lecture of which a camera and a sensor were attached to a can of drinking water, dropped it from the drone, and see if it works properly.
It seems this was a preparation for a high school student tournament, expected to be held in Fukui prefecture in November of this year, where they will compete for the performance of their own artificial satellites.
The gadgets were made with easily available materials, and the experiment site was the school playground. It became a challenge for them to think themselves and make efforts to get the results. It was very fun and interesting news.
Previously, satellites flying from town factories to space were talked about, but I hope that the dreams of young people who look to science that will lead to patented technology that enriches our lives will grow greatly.

Reference news
High school students make artificial satellite with empty cans

Partial design of the mask

  • October 27, 2020


Partial design is one of the effective means for applying for design registration.
By using the partial design system, the scope of rights can be the shape, pattern, color, etc. of only the part of the entire article that is to be registered as a design.
The part other than the part for which the design registration is to be received is also called the “disclaim part”.
In the drawing, for example, the part to be registered as a design is drawn with a solid line, and the disclaimed part is drawn with a broken line.
When filing a color drawing, you can also color-code the disclaimed part to identify it.

For example, the “sanitary mask” disclosed in Japanese Design Registration No. 1540049 (design right holder: Kowa Co., Ltd.), the position, shape, and size of the pleats (folds), welded parts, mesh seals, etc. of the mask body are partial design registered.
On the other hand, the part of the ear strap shown by the broken line is disclaimed. (The names in the figure have been added by the author.)

Therefore, even if a third party implements a mask with the shape of the ear strap changed for the registered design, it will be an infringement if the shape of the mask body is similar.
The mask corresponding to this registered design is commercially available as a “three-dimensional mask”. (Conan)

Magical foot cover

  • October 21, 2020


I don’t feel comfortable with stockings, so I use foot covers especially during the hot seasons. The foot cover I bought the other day said “patented” in Japan.

When I looked up the patents of Gunze Co., Ltd., the company that sold these foot covers on J-PlatPat, there were several patents related to foot covers. I didn’t know which patent was the foot cover I bought because the patent number wasn’t written on the product label, but I felt once again that the efforts of these companies support a comfortable daily life. (Marron)

Apple Watch

  • October 16, 2020


Under the influence of corona, I feel a lack of exercise these days. I bought an Apple Watch to increase my motivation for exercise. Apple Watch is a watch sold by Apple Inc. which is based in the United States. I was surprised to find out that the many of the functions are the same as that of a cell phone, although the size is the same as that of a wristwatch that I usually wear. I wear it on my day-offs and thought it would be a great alternative to a cell phone when going for a bit of walking or running.

Apple Watch is registered as a design and its Japanese Design Registration No. is 1539652. There is also a related design registration as the Japanese Design Registration No. 1549019. I can’t help but to keep an eye on Apple products that are being upgraded one after another. (Rabbit)

Sponge Cake (Castella)

  • October 14, 2020


Recently, I received a sponge cake (castella) from Nagasakido. When I took off the paper on the back of the sponge cake, the rough texture of the coarse sugar was scattered and it looked like a pattern. It was delicious.

Looking at the wrapping paper and historical writings, the shape of the ship says “Kurofune Denrai”(= meaning to be imported by the black ships). I only had the head of “Black Ships are Perry’s steamships”, so I was curious, and looked it up a little. According to “Free Encyclopedia”, all large Western-style ships that have visited Japan since the 15th century were the “black ships”. Speaking of which, sponge cake (Castella) was also brought in by trade with the Portugal, and it is certainly “Kurofune Denrai”.

Nagasakido’s “Kurofune Denrai” was registered in 1931 (Japanese Registration No. 229713). There are various brands of sponge cake (castella), but it seems that the only trademark with the ship mark is that of Nagasakido.

By the way, sponge cake (castella) is commonly called Nagasaki castella, but it should be noted that “Nagasaki castella” is now a regional collective trademark (Nagasaki Confectionery Industry Association, registered in 2006, Japanese Registration No. 5003044).

At Gacha Gacha no Mori

  • October 7, 2020


“Gacha Gacha no Mori”, which was newly opened in Asunal Kanayama in front of Kanayama Central Station, is a capsule-toy-specialized store with many capsule toy machines piled up.

From popular character mascots to things you would be surprised to find as a toy, there are more capsule toys than you can imagine, such as miniature figures, and you will be thrilled just by looking at them.
Usually, there is a box to return empty capsules, so I looked around and found it!

It’s a simple mechanism of inserting an empty capsule from the capsule inlet, rolling three slopes and dropping it into the collection box that seems to be installed inside, but it is playful and makes you want to insert the capsule. Put unnecessary paper and plastics in another slot and roll the capsule. This makes sorting fun and easy, and easy processing after collection. With this system, there is only merit for both the customer and the shop assistant.

And there it was! The word “patent application is in processing” is in the upper right corner of the recycling box!
Japanese Patent Application No. 2020-116620
From the application number, it seems that the application was made around July this year. Since it has not been published yet, I cannot see the contents of the invention on J-PlatPat, but I am interested in what kind of patent application it is.
By the way, the goods that I got of Gacha Gacha are not disclosed ♪ (Cacao)

Kuri-kinton (Sweet chestnut paste)

  • September 28, 2020


It’s September and it feels like it’s finally autumn. Kuri-kinton is what you want to eat in this season. The other day, I bought it for the first time this year at a Japanese sweets shop “Yoshihara-Suzume” near our firm.

There are some famous Kuri-kinton shops in Nakatsugawa, Gifu prefecture.When I checked it with J-PlatPat, it was registered as a regional group registered trademark in 2019 (JP Trademark Registration No. 6190590).

The depressing days will continue, but why not enjoy the delicious taste of autumn? (Marigold)

“Tokuno” Ken-chan

  • September 23, 2020


I feel like eating cold food when it’s hot.
In such a time, it would be great to have a cold tofu that is easy and nutritious.

When I look through tofu section in a supermarket, my eyes always find a certain product.
It is a tofu by Otokomae (Handsome guy) Tofu.
The graphic illustrations of the package are unique and totally different from other tofu packages, and it is a product that you cannot miss seeing even if you do not buy it.

As for the taste, it seems that it is rich and has a good reputation as advertised as “Tokuno” i.e. super rich and creamy. It also has a unique, long and thin shape. Depending on how you arrange it, it could become a gem food that is like a flower to the dining table. (time)

“Ken-chan” is registered as the standard character for “Tokuno Ken-chan” for ” Otokomae Tofu”.
● “Ken-chan” trademark registration number: 5345081

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