U.F.O. and UFO

  • 2020年08月11日

#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)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba-related trademark application

  • 2020年07月23日


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?

  • 2020年07月16日

#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 (https://www.jpaa.or.jp/intellectual-property/), 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)


  • 2020年07月10日


Recently, I heard on the news that the memoir “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” by Mr. Bolton, a former presidential aide of the Trump administration, has been released recently, so I searched for it.
On amazon.co.jp, a paperback cost about 3600 yen and an electronic book cost about 1900 yen.
I thought that it would be easy to read and cheap, but I ended up reading the free sample on e-book without buying it (laugh).
In addition, it seems that paper books are currently short on stock (as of 2020/6/24).

To read e-books, I use amazon kindle.
I think many people already know, but I read it on my iPhone with the amazon kindle app.
Unlike paper books, it is useful because you can easily look up words you don’t know by using the dictionary function.

The logo of amazon kindle is a Japanese trademark registration number 5169216, classes of goods and services and designated goods or designated services “reception of a text, an image, and a sound, the portable electronic information terminal for reading, electronic publications and the portable electronic information terminal used for the inspection of a text in addition to this, computer hardware, computer software, other electronic machines [apparatus and their parts]s, telecommunication machines and apparatus”, etc. are registered as trademarks.

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.

https://www.meiji.com/global/about-us/ (Company website in English)

https://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/chocolate/kinotake/products/kuromitsu-takenoko/ (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