Trademark law-related litigation might be misunderstood as being easier for attorneys who do not specialize in intellectual property than patent law, where technology is at issue. However, when you look at actual trials - such as the identification of a defendant's mark - it is not uncommon for an opposing party's attorney to stumble on the basics from the perspective of IP lawyers.
However, judges in the IP Division naturally assume that their attorneys are experts in the field of IP, and they tend to observe more strictly the litigation activities of attorneys than judges in other Civil Divisions. If they do not follow the judge's direction and delay the case, significant reputational damage could result and this could have an impact on your case.
We have been involved in a number of trademark law cases, and we have a thorough understanding of the progress of litigation, which allows for smooth proceedings.
In addition, we have handled trademark infringement lawsuits, trial revocation litigation at the Intellectual Property High Court, invalidation trials at the Japan Patent Office, and trials for cancellation of non-use of trademarks.
We also provide a wide range of services related to trademarks, including anti-counterfeiting, trademark license agreements, and trademark transfer agreements.
Every year Yukio Kobayashi is appointed as a lecturer at the Japan Trademark Association to lecture on litigation for revocation of trial decisions. In addition, both Mr. Kobayashi and Mr. Yugeta have written books on trademark law.