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Legal Texts Relevant to Trademarks

Japan

Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
December 4, 2002Intellectual Property Basic Act (Act No. 122 of December 4, 2002, as last amended by Act No.119 of July 16, 2003)
May 19, 1993Unfair Competition Prevention Act (Act No. 47 of 1993, as amended up to Act No. 62 of 2011)
April 13, 1959Patent Act (Act No. 121 of April 13, 1959, as amended up to Act No. 63 of 2011)
April 13, 1959Trademark Act (Act No. 127 of April 13, 1959, as amended up to the revisions of Act No. 63 of 2011)

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
June 18, 2004Act for Establishment of the Intellectual Property High Court (Act No. 119 of June 18, 2004)
June 2, 2004Bankruptcy Act (Act No. 75 of June 2, 2004, as last amended by Act No.109 of December 15, 2006)
August 18, 1999Law on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds (Act No.136 of August 18, 1999, as last amended by Act No.79 of July 15, 2009)
June 6, 1973Consumer Product Safety Act (Act No. 31 of June 6, 1973, as last amended by Act No. 105 of August 30, 2011)
May 4, 1962Household Goods Quality Labeling Act (Act No. 104 of May 4, 1962 as last Amended by Act No. 122 of 2011)

IP Laws: issued by the Executive

Date of TextTitle
March 26, 2007Cabinet Ordinance Regarding Transitional Measures Accompanying Enforcement of Revised Trademark and Design Law
March 24, 1960Trademark Registration Order (Cabinet Order No. 42 of March 24, 1960, as last amended by Cabinet Order No. 404 of December 26, 2008)
March 8, 1960Enforcement Order of the Trademark Act (Cabinet Order No. 19 of March 8, 1960, as last amended by Cabinet Order No. 342 of October 27, 2006)

Implementing Rules/Regulations

Date of TextTitle
May 31, 2011The Enforcement Ordinance of the Trademark Act
March 26, 2007Regulation under the Trademark Law (Ordinance No. 13 of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of March 8, 1960, as last amended by Ordinance No. 14 of March 26, 2007)
June 13, 1990Law Concerning the Special Provisions to the Procedures Relating to an Industrial Property Right (Act No. 30 of June 13, 1990, as last amended by Act No. 16 of April 18, 2008)
March 30, 1960Ordinance for Enforcement of the Trademark Registration Order (Ordinance of MITI No. 36 of March 30, 1960, as last amended by Ordinance of METI No. 41 of July 1, 2010)
March 8, 1960Enforcement Ordinance of the Trademark Act (Ordinance of MITI No. 13 of March 8, 1960, as last amended by Ordinance of METI No. 37 of June 26, 2009)
April 13, 1959Enforcement Law of the Trademark Act (Act No. 128 of April 13, 1959)

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