Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible
Japan Times -- Nov 07
The government plans to set a clear rule that no trademark containing any era name can be registered.

The government will revise its trademark application screening criteria, which currently only reject registration of the current era name, officials said Monday.

The government hopes to make sure that no one can register a trademark including Heisei, the current name, after the era name change next May, or the new name if it is announced beforehand, according to the officials.

“We are considering amending our examination guidelines for trademarks around February next year to make it clear that no era names, including those of the past, can be registered as trademarks,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

After the revision, however, well-known names such as Meiji Holdings Co. will continue to be treated as exceptions.

Although the current guidelines only reject the use of the current era name, the Japan Patent Office refuses to approve trademarks using any past era names.

But the policy is not written. This has given rise to the mistaken belief among the public that registration of trademarks containing Heisei will be possible after the era name change.

News source: Japan Times
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