Smoked Olive Oil

  • September 18, 2020


Hello. This is Hiro.
Following on from the previous article, I will introduce another olive oil-related product.
This olive oil is added a smoked scent by patented technology (Patent No. 4783463: a method for smoking liquid and its device).

I tried it on tofu with soy sauce on top.

The smoked aroma spread in my mouth and it was very delicious. I felt it was a taste for adults that goes well with alcohol.

The contents of this patent can be checked at the link below (J-PlatPat).
Patent No. 4783463 (Click “English” on top right corner)

Reference:kazusa-smoke “patented technology for smoking liquid” (Japanese)

Oi Ocha (a product name of Japanese green tea)

  • September 8, 2020


Sota Fujii won the crown title in one of the eight major title matches in the shogi world, with 4 wins and 0 losses, and became the two-crown holder.
I often saw ITO EN’s “Oi Ocha” in the video of the matches and press conferences.
I looked up about this and found out that Itoen sponsored the crown title match and provided “Oi Ocha” to the players. I’m not sure of a fact, but I wonder if the reason for the sponsorship is because the names of both the title match and the tea product are similar, “Ohi”(meaning throne/crown in Japanese) and “Oi.”

By searching J-PlatPat for this “Oi Ocha” trademark, not only the well-known logo trademark but also the sound trademark “Oi Ocha” in 2015 was designated as “Ocha”, Tea drink” (Registration No. 5805757).
You can play the sound on J-PlatPat, so if you are interested, please search and listen to the sound. (Sakura Mochi)

Chicken Ramen

  • September 7, 2020

#patent #trademark

Today, August 25th is the day of the birth of chicken ramen and the anniversary of instant ramen. Invented by Momofuku Ando, the founder of NISSIN FOODS, the world’s first instant noodle “Chicken Ramen” was launched on August 25, 1958.

Initially, it seemed that sales were not active due to the high price setting, but when similar products and counterfeit products began to appear in the early 1960s, Nissin Foods tried to maintain their brand by causing a lawsuit for their trademark and patent registration.
At the same time, the licensing of the acquired patent was described in the NHK morning drama “Manpuku” broadcast from 2018 to 2019.

In the simple search of J-PlatPat, if you search for “Chicken Ramen” as a keyword, 2 patents and 16 trademarks will come up.
Also, try searching for keywords such as “instant noodles”. (Syszo)

Wikipedia: Chicken Ramen (English)
Wikipedia: Momofuku Ando (English)

About black tea

  • August 19, 2020

My name is swimmer.
This year, we spend a lot of time at home, so I order various teas online and enjoy them at home.
The so-called green tea we drink daily is the evergreen tree of the camellia family that grew naturally in the mountainous regions of Asia, and it seems that it was originally taken as a medicine.
We are not certain when green tea, which was roasted with fresh green leaves in boiling water, become fermented and drinkable oolong tea or black tea or who even discovered it.
There may have been various elements of people’s history and times.

From the history of black tea, Japan Tea Association (Japanese only)

Moisturizing lip balm

  • August 13, 2020


We use lip balm to care for our lips. The other day, I found “Curél” lip balm, which had a trademark written on the package.

When I checked it on J-plat pat, it was registered Japanese trademark registration number 6085488 under cosmetics. This company has branded products in cosmetics, skin care/hair care, human health care, etc. Curél is a brand of Kao that is designed for dry and sensitive skin. Based on Kao’s 30 years of dermatological research, they focused on “ceramide” as the cause of dry and sensitive skin for their products. They keep skin moisturized.

See below for details. (Japanese website) (English version of the website)


U.F.O. and UFO

  • August 11, 2020

#patent #trademark

[U.F.O.=Product name of Nisshin Yakisoba]
“U.F.O.” is the brand name for cup fried noodles, which has been a huge hit since its release in Japan in 1976. U is for “umai” which means delicious, F is for “futoi(thick) noodles”, and O is for “ookii(big) container”. The logo on the container is registered under Japanese Trademark Registration No. 5971287 (designated product: printed matter, calendar).

[UFO=unidentified flying object]
 Let’s change the story and introduce a case of the Intellectual Property High Court concerning “UFO”.
The “detailed description of the invention” in the patent specification must be clearly and sufficiently described so that a person skilled in the art can carry out the invention. This is called “enablement requirement”. A patent application (Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2015-145675) having “UFO flight device based on UFO flight principle” as the title of the invention describes in detail description of the invention by those skilled in the art to produce “UFO flight device”. In addition, it received a decision of refusal in the examination as it was not clearly and sufficiently described so that it could be used. On the other hand, the applicant has filed a lawsuit for canceling the trial decision (case number of filing of action JP2019-10122), but the Intellectual Property High Court rejected the request based on the following judgment (decision made on February 4, 2020 ). “… The “UFO flight device” of the present invention can change its speed without receiving any external force or changing its mass… Momentum… It violates the law of conservation, and also violates the law of action-reaction. “

In modern science and technology, it can be said that it is impossible to produce and use a “UFO flight device”. (Conan)


  • August 7, 2020

Do you know about “Chocolixir” by Godiva?
Let me explain briefly. It is a luxurious chocolate drink with a rich flavor. If you have never tried it, please try it. Eye strains tend to accumulate if you become hooked on your computer or smartphone in your dairy life. At such times, drinking “Chocolixir” will heal your daily fatigue with its elegant sweetness. By the way, the name “Godiva” is said to be derived from the 11th century British Countess Lady Godiva.


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba-related trademark application

  • July 23, 2020


Like many people nowadays are absorbed in the big boom of manga and animation “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, my child is not an exception. The other day, she heard from a friend of hers that a Kimetsu-ish cloths were on sale in the handicraft store in our neighborhood, and she asked me to take her there, so we went.

It is an old-fashioned handicraft store, but they were very busy because of the boom of handmade masks. As my daughter had been told, several types of Kimetsu-ish cloths were being sold near the entrance. A few years ago, it only looked like a lattice pattern, but now when you look at the green and black lattice patterns, it reminds you of Tanjiro, one of the characters from the manga. I think it is a wonder of human brains’ perception to associate things that way.

My child likes Shinobu Kocho, another character, but I could not find Shinobu-motif cloth, so I asked the shop assistant and she said, “we have classic patterns, but something with a characteristic pattern probably won’t come in due to copyright issues”. My child was disappointed. In the end, she bought a cloth with a pattern with the look of Nezuko-motif with her own pocket money, and she’s been playing with it by putting them on. (See photo)

The publisher, Shueisha, has recently applied for a series of Kimetsu-related trademarks such as character names and phrases that appear in manga. In addition, the trademark applications for patterns used on jackets and kimonos of six characters, Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Shinobu, and Rengoku are registered. (Applications filed on June 24, 2020)

These can be seen by searching for the applicant “Shueisha Co., Ltd.” in the “Trademark Search” of J-PlatPat. Due to the time lag, only the gazette is currently available, but within a few weeks you will be able to see it in the application and registration information search. It is easier by narrowing it down with application date or publication date.

Personally, I expect that the application for the six pattern designs will be divided by the JPO. I would like to pay attention to the future of the examination.

By the way, I like Giyu-san and Zenitsu-kun. (Marron)

* ” Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ” is a trademark of Shueisha.

What is intellectual property?

  • July 16, 2020

#intellectual property #patent #trademark

Many people may have heard the words “patent” and “trademark”, but I think not many people actually get a sense of “intellectual property”. On the Japan Patent Attorneys Association website (, intellectual property is explained; “For ideas and creations created by human intellectual activities, there is something that has a wealth of value, and those things are collectively called “intellectual property.” Patents and trademarks are included in intellectual property.
If you are interested, please see the link above for more detailed explanations with examples. (Runner)

Hair Dryer

  • July 15, 2020


Before, when I traveled with my family, I found a hair dryer that I had never seen before in the public bath at the accommodation.
The dryer had no blades and had a hollow in the middle. I’d seen a fan without a blade on a TV commercial before, so I knew it was Dyson.
The name of this dryer is Dyson Supersonic Ionic Hair Dryer. The price is quite high at USD470 (tax included). When I tried using it, I felt that the wind power was stronger and the hair dried faster than the one I used at home.
This dryer is registered under Design Registration No. 1513825.
If you are interested, you can find the information on J-plat pat. (Rabbit)