Patent Office’s Patent

  • 2020年06月25日

#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.)


  • 2020年06月17日


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)

Chocolate snack, Takenoko no Sato

  • 2020年06月03日


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)

How to spend holidays

  • 2020年05月21日


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

  • 2020年05月20日


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