We are pleased to announce the March 2017 issue of Sonderhoff & Einsel IP Newsletter.
New types of trademarks involving sound, movement, position, holograms, and color have been eligible for registration in Japan since the revision of the Trademark Law in 2015. As of February 20, 2017 a total of 1494 applications have been made, resulting in the registration of 207 of these new types of trademarks. On the other hand, none of the applications for color marks consisting solely of colors had been registered so far.
The Japan Patent Office (JPO), however, recently granted registration of two color marks on March 1, 2017 for the first time.
For details, please check the following PDF.