Welcome to Ito International Trademark and Patent Office!

It is our pleasure to have an opportunity to introduce our firm to you. We, Ito International Trademark and Patent Office, are a Japanese IP law firm specialized in obtaining trademark protection. Either a national trademark application or an international trademark application, we are pleased to assist you to obtain appropriate trademark protections in Japan. Should you have any cases, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us . We are looking forward to working with you in relation to trademark cases, not only in Japan, but also in the world.

Firm Summary

We, Ito International Trademark and Patent Office, are a Japanese IP law firm specialized in brand protections. We provide with services relating to not only trademarks but also design, copyright and unfair competitions.

Name: Ito International Trademark and Patent Office (formerly known as ITODA Intellectual Property)
Address: Resona Kudan Building 5F KS Floor, 1-5-6, Kudan-minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074 Japan
Founder: Daichi ITO, Attorney at IP Law
Phone: +81-50-3577-6000
Email: ip[at]itoda.jp

How to Protect Your Trademarks in Japan

To obtain protections for your trademark, it is necessary to be registered at the Japan Patent Office (the JPO) via filing a trademark application. You may file a trademark application to JPO directly or via the World Intellectual Property Organization (the WIPO).

National Trademark Applications in Japan

Where filing a national trademark application, it is required to proceed via a Japanese agent for foreign clients. Requirements for filing a trademark application are as below. No Power of Attorney (POA) is required for filing national trademark applications.

Requirement of filing a trademark application in Japan

  • a mark to be filed (High-resolution JPEG format is recommended)
  • class(es)
  • goods and services to be designated
  • applicant’s name, address and nationality (country of incorporation)

Additional requirements (Optional)

If a Convention Priority should be claimed, following information and document are also necessary. Please note that a trademark application claiming a Convention Priority must be filed within 6 months from the date of filing of the basic trademark application in your home country.

  • filing date and number and country (at the timing of filing a trademark application in Japan)
  • an original certificate of the Convention Priority (within 3 months from the date of filing of a trademark application in Japan)

International Trademark Applications Designating Japan

A holder of international registration may seek extension of protection to Japan under the Madrid Protocol. If the holder receives a Notification of Provisional Refusal from the JPO via the WIPO, the holder must respond the office action by one of the following two measures to avoid abandonment:

(i) submitting a response to the JPO through a Japanese agent within three months from the “date of pronouncement“ (i.e., the mailing date of the notification) or
(ii) filing a request for a limitation of goods and services using the official form (MM6) with the prescribed fee with the WIPO (where an issue of refusal can be resolved by amendment of goods and services only).

If the holder choose the option (i), we would be happy to assist you to overcome the objection. We would provide you with our comment and/or proposal of amendment in the light of the current Japanese practice. Your specific inquiries are also welcome.

A duration of trademark protection is 10 years from the date of registration (international registration). The duration may be renewed for another 10 years’ protection by filing a renewal application.

Fee Summary for Trademark Issues in Japan

Filing Applications for Trademark Registration

If a list of goods and services to be designated is provided in English by Word format, we would translate the same into Japanese and review if these listed items are acceptable in the light of current practice in Japan. We are pleased to propose you a list of goods and services to be designated if you wish us to propose the same. The following table is a fee schedule for a trademark application in one class up to registration. Please ask us where you have a plan to file a multi-class application. Postage for forwarding a certificate will be incurred additionally.

StageOfficial feeOur feeSub-Total
Proposal of Goods/Services (Optional)JPY 0JPY 20,000~JPY 20,000~
Filing a TrademarkApplicationJPY 12,000JPY 40,000JPY 52,000
Claiming Convention Priority (if any)JPY 0JPY 15,000~JPY 15,000~
Registration (Post Grant)JPY 32,900JPY 30,000JPY 52,900

Please note that the above table does not include any costs in the case that office actions are issued.

Responding Office Action

Costs for reviewing and responding an office action may vary in accordance with the grounds of provisional refusal. For your information, a simple response such as deletion of a part of classes or specific item(s) from the list would cost JPY 20,000 (minimum) for international application cases. Please ask us in detail for your consideration. We are pleased to assist you not only cases for national applications (Paris route) but also cases for international applications (Madrid route).

Renewal of Trademark Registrations

We also provide you with services for filing applications for renewal of trademark registration. The following table is a fee schedule for a renewal of trademark registration in one class.

StageOfficial feeOur feeTotal
Renewal of RegistrationJPY 43,600JPY 20,000JPY 63,600

Recordals of Change

If there is a change in relation to the ownership or the name and/address of owner, you should record the change as soon as possible. The following table is a fee schedule for recordal of change for an application or a registration.

Trademark Application

Type of RecordalOfficial feeOur feeTotal
Transfer by AssignmentJPY 4,200JPY 30,000JPY 34,200
Change for Applicant’s Name or AddressJPY 0JPY 20,000JPY 20,000
Change for Applicant’s Name and AddressJPY 0JPY 20,000JPY 20,000

Trademark Registration

Type of RecordalOfficial feeOur feeTotal
Transfer by AssignmentJPY 30,000JPY 30,000JPY 60,000
Change for Registrant’s Name or AddressJPY 1,000JPY 20,000JPY 21,000
Change for Registrant’s Name and AddressJPY 2,000JPY 20,000JPY 22,000

Should you have any questions or need further clarifications, please feel free to contact us.