Kobe Beef Registered Trademarks

Category Figure trademark Three-dimensional
trademark
Character trademark
Description Japanese
chrysanthemum
Small, bronze
Kobe Beef statuette
「神戸ビーフ」 「神戸肉」 「神戸牛」 「但馬ビーフ」 「但馬牛」
Japanese chrysanthemum Small, bronze Kobe Beef statuette “Kobe Beef” “Kobe Meat” “Kobe-gyu” “Tajima Beef” “Tajima-gyu”
Date
Registered
February 16,
2001
July 6,
2001
August 3,
2007
August 3,
2007
August 3,
2007
October 12,
2007
October 12,
2007
Registration
No.
Trademark
No.4454128
Trademark
No.4487460
Trademark
No.5068214
Trademark
No.5068215
Trademark
No.5068216
Trademark
No.5083160
Trademark
No.5083161

*As the chrysanthemum, “Nojikiku” in Japanese is the Flower of Hyogo Prefecture, it was chosen as the graphic trademark of Kobe Beef.

国外での商標登録状況

  Kobe Beef Kobe Meat Kobe-gyu Tajima Beef Tajima-gyu
South Korea
August 2009

August 2009

August 2009

August 2009

August 2009
Taiwan
May 2010

May 2010

May 2010

May 2010

May 2010
Hong Kong
September 2011

September 2011

September 2011
N/A N/A
China N/A N/A N/A
November 2012

November 2012
Macao
January 2013

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013
Singapore
September 2013

September 2013

September 2013

September 2013

September 2013
U.S.A.
August 2014

August 2014
EU
October 2014

October 2014

October 2014

October 2014

October 2014
Thailand
March 2015

March 2015

March 2015
Application
pending
Application
pending
Vietnam
December 2015

December 2015

December 2015

May 2016

May 2016

[About the Trademark System]

About the Trademark System
This is a system of trademarks which are attached to, printed on products or used to identify services in order to protect these trademarks because such trademarks indicate a certain specific function of a product or a service identified by a trademark. The system thus on the one hand protects the interests of the consumer, and on the other hand it also contributes to the development of industries through a design maintaining confidence in the operations of persons using these trademarks for advertising functions or for functions aimed at protecting the quality of products.
Definition of “Trademark”
A trademark is a mark used by a manufacturer, dealer or service provider in respect of goods or services in order to differentiate them from goods and services offered by other parties which are of the same or a similar type.
Types of Trademarks
The following trademarks are entitled to protection in Japan:
1. Character trademark
2. Figure trademark
3. Sign trademark
4. Three-dimensional trademark
5. Integrated trademark comprising two or more of character trademark,
figure trademark, sign trademark, and three-dimensional trademark
*Excerpt from the Japan Patent Office, “Procedures for Obtaining a Trademark Right”
An infringer of a trademark right or an exclusive right to use (excluding one who has committed an act that shall be deemed to constitute infringement of a trademark right or an exclusive right to use under Article 37 or Article 67) shall be punished by imprisonment with work for a term not exceeding ten years or a fine not exceeding 10,000,000 yen or combination thereof. (Trademark Act, Article 78: Crime of Infringement)
*Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Translations of Japanese Laws” “Trademark Act”

What is the Geographical Indication (GI) pro-
tection system?
It is a system that entered into force in June 2015 to protect as intellectual property the names of regional brand products whose quality, reputation, and other established characteristics are essentially attributed to its geographical origin.
Tajima Beef and Kobe Beef have been registered as regional brand products under the Geographical Indication (GI) protection system, along with specific standards the products should meet, such as for place of origin and quality. Tajima Beef was registered under registration number 2 and Kobe Beef under registration number 3 by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


Registration certificate for Kobe Beef