Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Japanese Sake" Will Not Be Allowed to Be Specified in Goods or Services for Trademark Registration

As reported in the previous post, "Japanese Sake" is going to be protected as a geographical indication. Responding to this, JPO made an announcement about the examination guidelines for trademarks which includes "Japanese sake" in goods or services.

To prevent "Japanese sake" from becoming generic, JPO decided to reject such trademark applications. The applicant may amend the goods or services to indicate more specific goods or services, such as  "refined sake", "unrefined sake", "shochu", "awamori", etc. or "refinded sake which is brewed in Japan using domestic rice". 

JPO's Announcement (Japanese)

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