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HARAKENZO
WORLD PATENT & TRADEMARK


OSAKA
HEAD OFFICE

DAIWA MINAMIMORIMACHI BLDG.,
2-6, 2-CHOME-KITA, TENJINBASHI,
KITA-KU,OSAKA 530-0041 JAPAN
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TOKYO
HEAD OFFICE

WORLD TRADE CENTER BLDG. 21 F,
2-4-1, HAMAMATSU- CHO, MINATO-KU,
TOKYO 105-6121,JAPAN
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HIROSHIMA
OFFICE

NOMURA REAL ESTATE HIROSHIMA BLDG. 4 F, 2-23 TATEMACHI, NAKA-KU, HIROSHIMA CITY, HIROSHIMA 730-0032, JAPAN
TEL:+81-82-545-3680
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To be opened
on March.1.2018

NAGOYA
OFFICE

GLOBAL GATE 9F, 4-60-12 HIRAIKE-CHO, NAKAMURA-KU, NAGOYA-SHI, AICHI 453-6109, JAPAN
TEL:+81-52-589-2581
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In the background of the HARAKENZO trademark is a global map wherein countries/regions are sized according to the number of patents registered there in 1991.

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Geographical Indication Protection Consultation
[OSAKA HEAD OFFICE] <DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL> : Shinji IMANO
[OSAKA HEAD OFFICE] Patent&Trademark Attorney : Yoshiaki HIGE
[OSAKA HEAD OFFICE] Legal Department : Maki SHIMAMURA
[TOKYO HEAD OFFICE] Patent&Trademark Attorney : Yuki YAMAZAKI
[TOKYO HEAD OFFICE] Doctor of Engineering : Aiko SATO
[HIROSHIMA OFFICE] Patent&Trademark Attorney : Naoyuki TAKENO
[HIROSHIMA OFFICE] Patent&Trademark Attorney : Takashi SUGA

Tokyo TEL
: + 81 - 3 - 3433 - 5810
Osaka TEL
: + 81 - 6 - 6351 - 4384
Tokyo FAX
: + 81 - 3 - 3433 - 5281
Osaka FAX
: + 81 - 6 - 6351 - 5664
E-mail
:
E-mail
:
Hiroshima TEL
: + 81 - 82 - 545 - 3680
 
 
Hiroshima FAX
: + 81 - 82 - 243 - 4130
 
 
E-mail
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1. Introduction of Protection System for Geographical Indications

The protection system for geographical indications (GI) has been widely known around the world. In Japan, acceptance of applications for GI registration was started in June 2015.

So far, the system has been established worldwide, particularly in more than 100 countries of various regions such as Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, Central and South America, and Africa.

In Japan, the geographical indication is defined as below. As of December 2017, geographical indications of 58 products have been registered in Japan.

Definition: The geographical indication refers to the indication of the name of an agricultural, forestry or fishery product or a foodstuff, which name allows identification of the place of production of the product and identification of an established characteristic such as a quality of the product being attributable to the place of production.

The geographical indication is protected under an aspect different from that of the regional collective trademark and the like. On this webpage, we would like to introduce the outline of the protection system for geographical indications and the advantage to be brought about by the protection of geographical indications.

 




2. Registration Requirements For Geographical Indications

2.1. Required Documents

The following documents are required by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFF) of Japan:

  • (i) Application Form: The product name, the place of production, etc. are stated;
  • (ii) Specification: The quality standard which each group of producers should meet, etc. are described*; and
  • (iii) Production Process Management Rule: The production method equivalent to the specification, etc. are stipulated.

  • * The specification often requires the professional expertise for the product, and needs to be prepared in a manner similar to the specification of a patent application.



2.2. Examination Items

The following items are examined during the examination of geographical indications. Among them, importance increases particularly in the order of (i), (ii), and (iii) below:

  • (i) Product: Examination is made as to attribution between the characteristic and the place of production, the production result*, etc.;
  • (ii) Group of Producers: Examination is made as to whether the freedom to join is specified by the group of producers, etc.; and
  • (iii) Name: Examination is made as to whether the name allows identification of the place of production, whether the name conflicts with a registered trademark, etc.

  • * The production result is strictly examined. Specifically, in order to be registered, the product needs to have been produced for approximately 25 years. In contrast, the use result of the name is more loosely examined.



2.3. Examination Procedure
The application for GI registration can be filed by a person who has professional expertise such as an attorney, on behalf of the applicant.



(Source: Website of Geographical Indication Protection System, Central Consultation Desk (Nickname: GI Support Desk))

 




3. After Registration

3.1. Registered products need to be labelled with GI marks. However, it should be noted that a processed product produced with the use of a registered product must not be labelled with a GI mark.

3.2. The producer of a registered product is obligated to strictly comply with the place of production, the production method, etc. that are stipulated in the specification. The group of producers of a registered product needs to conform that actual production is in line with the specification.
The group of producers is also obligated to submit an annual report to the government. It is said that the government conducts a local investigation, in which a representative from the government visits the group of producers, approximately once a year.

3.3. Registration of a graphical indication causes the government to start elimination of counterfeit products that imitate the registered product. Other than that, labelling of GI marks brings about some sort of advertising effect, which may in turn allow, for example, expansion of sales of the registered product and an increase in value of the registered product.

 




4. Distinction From Regional Collective Trademark System

Under the regional collective trademark system, which was established in April 2006, approximately 600 regional collective trademarks have been registered as of December 31, 2016.

In contrast, graphical indications of only 58 products have been registered as of December 2017.

From the international standpoint, enforcement of protection for geographical indications has recently been demanded potently in Japan. In view of the advantages brought about by the mutual protection between different countries, the number of GIs registered in Japan is considered to increase in years to come.


The distinction of the geographical indication protection system over the regional collective trademark system can be explained as follows:

  • The geographical indication protection system is advantageous in that (i) the government keeps control over counterfeit products and the like, (ii) the scope of protection will extend to other countries once the mutual protection is realized, and (iii) it is possible to appeal that the product has a specific characteristic or quality.
  • Protection of a product will be enforced by a combination of those systems.

 




STAFFS


DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL << in charge of physical fields >>
In charge of Hiroshima Office
Patent&Trademark Attorney / Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation
Specialist
Shinji IMANO
Shinji IMANO Shinji IMANO, BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, researched in Mechanical Engineering and Combustion Engineering of diesel engines.
After graduating from the university, he worked for a private automotive company and involved in technical management of production facilities.

Following this, he joined HARAKENZO WORLD PATENT & TRADEMARK, and began to be involved in the prosecution of domestic and foreign patent cases in the field of Physics.
After qualifying as a Patent & Trademark Attorney and becoming a Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation, he widened his field of practice to include expert testimony, and consulting services and so on.

"As a high school student, I made up my mind to provide the technologies useful for people. To accomplish the goal, I believe it is essential to provide long-term satisfaction to all of our clients. I'll do my best with honesty to combine all of the abilities of each staff member of our firm, in order to provide excellent services that cannot be obtained through mere combination of individuals’ abilities."
Patent&Trademark Attorney
Specialist
Yoshiaki HIGE
Yoshiaki HIGE Yoshiaki HIGE, born in 1977, obtained a bachelor of Biology from Konan University. His specialty covers Biotechnology and Life Engineering.

The surrounding of intellectual property changes day by day.
I will take prompt action in response to the change and put emphasis on communications with clients. With such attitudes, I will provide more satisfactory services than expected. I will come into line with you to sincerely support you in exploitations of your ideas.
Legal Department
Adviser
Maki SHIMAMURA
Maki SHIMAMURA Everyday products are protected by a wide variety of Intellectual Property rights.
Our clients demand appropriate protection for their products through these IP rights.
I continue to study and make daily efforts so that I can handle each of our clients' demands individually and carefully, and uphold our firm's long-lasting relationships with its clients.
Tokyo Legal Department Trademark Division Manager / Legal Department
Patent&Trademark Attorney
Adviser
Yuki YAMAZAKI
Yuki YAMAZAKI Born 1987
Majored in Law
Specialties: Design & Trademark

The environment surrounded by intellectual property is increasing daily on a worldwide scale. Bearing that in mind while always in accordance with the expectations of the client, I will work hard to grow and improve my skills.
Doctor of Engineering
Adviser
Aiko SATO
Aiko SATO Specialist areas: molecular biology; biochemistry; biology; general biotechnology

I aim to provide a service that will fully satisfy our clients. I constantly research the latest technologies and diligently pursue my studies daily.
Representative of Hiroshima Office
Patent&Trademark Attorney
Researcher
Naoyuki TAKENO
Naoyuki TAKENO Mr. TAKENO, born in 1970, holds a bachelor’s degree in material engineering.
He is mainly in charge of machinery, control, electricity & electronics, and information technology.

With the recent growth of importance of intellectual property right, it has been essential to construct an appropriate intellectual property strategy from the technical and legal points of view. Under this circumstance, I will continue to develop myself in order to be able to sincerely respond to our clients’ requests.

Patent&Trademark Attorney / Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation
Specialist
Takashi SUGA
Takashi SUGA Takashi SUGA, born in 1966, obtained an MS in Material Physics from Osaka University. The targets of his research include Magnetism and Super-Conductivity. His specialty covers Electricity, Mechanics and Physics. He is presently a member of JPAA.

Now, I have a post at Hiroshima office.
A product is evaluated, for example, from the viewpoint of its usability, good design, or attractive brand name, and creation of such intellectual property as usability, good design or brand name can be a source to produce a business opportunity. However, if such created intellectual property is copied by another person with ease, the business opportunity will come to nothing.
I believe my duty is to preserve an important business opportunity of our client in Chugoku region securely and lastingly through my daily works with my geographical advantage of my hometown Hiroshima.









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