|Category||Description||Date Registered||Registration No.|
|February 16, 2001||Trademark No.4454128|
|July 6, 2001||Trademark No.4487460|
|「神戸ビーフ」||"Kobe Beef"||August 3, 2007||Trademark No.5068214|
|「神戸肉」||"Kobe Meat"||August 3, 2007||Trademark No.5068215|
|「神戸牛」||"Kobe-gyu"||August 3, 2007||Trademark No.5068216|
|「但馬ビーフ」||"Tajima Beef"||October 12, 2007||Trademark No.5083160|
|「但馬牛」||"Tajima-gyu"||October 12, 2007||Trademark No.5083161|
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.
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.
The following trademarks are entitled to protection in Japan:
- Character trademark
- Figure trademark
- Sign trademark
- Three-dimensional trademark
- 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"