Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Japan On Chinese trade marks of Japanese Locations: "Can't Touch This"

The Japanese Patent Office declared it wants to stop Chinese companies registering Japanese geographical locations as trade marks.

"The two languages share many characters and Japan's Kyodo news agency said thenames of 19 of the country's 47 prefectures including Kyoto, Nagano and Yamaguchi had been registered as trademarks in China by the end of last year."

Read the Agence France-Presse article via NipponExpressUSA here.

Head tip to Jeff Roberts of McGill's IP News This Week, "a 5-minute report about the latest IP news in the world", worth reading much longer.

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