The first time visitors

The intellectual property rights, has patent rights, utility model rights, design rights, trademarks, copyright, circuit layout rights, plant breeders’ rights, and unfair competition.  Of these, we sometimes call the industrial property rights, especially of patent rights, utility model rights, design rights, trademark rights.  In order to get these rights you will have to file an application with the Patent Office, then through the prescribed procedures of examination, etc., you will have to get registration.

Patent

The patent right is a right to be given for the one’s creation of “Invention” meaning the highly advanced creation of technical ideas utilizing the laws of nature.

The patent application guide is here.(Japanese page)

English translation of the Patent Act is here.(PDF:509KB)

Utility model

The utility model right to be given for the one’s creation of “Device” meaning the creation of technical ideas utilizing the laws of nature, just like a patent, but a slight idea that relates to the shape or structure of an article or combination thereof and it does not require a high level of creativity.

The utility model application guide is here.(Japanese page)

English translation of the Utility Model Act is here.(PDF:279KB)

Design

The design right is a right to be given for the one’s creation of “Design” meaning the shape, patterns or colors, or any combination thereof, of an article (including a part of an article), which creates an aesthetic impression through the eye.

The design application guide is here.(Japanese page)

English translation of the Design Act is here.(PDF:218KB)

Trademark

The trademark right is a right to be given for a mark (a label) to use about goods / services in order that an enterprise distinguishes an article / the service that self-deal with from an article / the service of others.

The trademark application guidance is here.(Japanese page)

English translation of the Trademark Act is here.(PDF:395KB)

A specific example

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