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Examination Guidelines for Trademarks

The "Examination Guidelines for Trademarks"are made and published for the sake of standardization and uniformity in the examination of trademark application at the Japanese Patent Office.

We have published this "Examination Guidelines for Trademarks"in English for overseas users.

Furthermore, there are some examples which have been changed partly from the original Japanese version for easy understanding.

We hope this "Examination Guidelines for Trademarks"in English is useful for efficient management of Trade Marks.


Flow-Chart Concerning Trademarks-Related Procedures (PDF:41KB)

Chapter Ⅰ:Article 3(1)

(Requirements for trademark registration)

Chapter Ⅱ:Article 3(2) (PDF:137KB)

(Distinctiveness Acquired Through Use)

Chapter Ⅲ:Article 4(1)(3)

(Unregistrable Trademarks)

Chapter Ⅳ:Article 5 (PDF:353KB)

(Applications for Trademark Registration)

Chapter Ⅴ:Article 6 (PDF:112KB)

(Single trademark on each application)

Chapter Ⅵ:Article 7 (PDF:46KB)

(Collective Trademarks)

Chapter Ⅶ:Article 7-2

(Regionally based collective trademarks)

Chapter Ⅷ:Article 8 (PDF:136KB)

(Prior application)

Chapter Ⅸ:Article 9 (PDF:48KB)

(Special provisions at the time of filing of application)

Chapter Ⅹ:Article 10 (PDF:125KB)

(Division of application for trademark registration)

Chapter Ⅺ:Article 15-3 (PDF:125KB)

(Unregistered Prior Trademark)

Chapter Ⅻ:Article 16 (PDF:67KB)

(Examiner's Decision that a Trademark is to be Registered)

Chapter XIII:Article 16-2 and 17-2 (PDF:149KB)

(Dismissal of amendment)

Chapter XIV:Article 64 (PDF:130KB)

(Registrability of Defensive Marks)

Chapter XV:Article 65-2, 65-3 and 65-4 (PDF:144KB)

(Duration of right based on defensive mark registration)

Chapter XVI Article 68-9, 68-10, 68-11, 68-12, 68-13, 68-15, 68-16, 68-17, 68-18, 68-20 and 68-28 (PDF:103KB)

(Special Provisions Relating to Application for International Registration)

Chapter XVII:Article 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12 and 24 of Supplementary Provisions (PDF:71KB)


Chapter XVIII:Others (PDF:60KB)

Chapter XIX:Article 7 and 8 of the Supplementary Provisions of Act No. 55 of 2006 (PDF:92KB)

(Trademark Applications for Retail Services Filed During the Exception Period)

[Last updated 17 October 2016]

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