Patent right is the right to protect an invention and enables monopolistical and exclusive implementation of the patented invention for a period not exceeding 20 years in principle from filing date after registration of establishment.
Utility model right is the right to protect an invention (mainly a minor invention) related to shapes, structures, or combination of a goods, and exists for a period not exceeding 10 years in principle from filing date.
Design right is the right to protect design of appearance of whole goods or parts of the goods. The holder of the design right can exclusively carry out the registered design for 20 years from the date of setting registration.
Trademark right is the right to protect the name (trademark) given to goods and services. A trademark owner can exclusively use a registered trademark for 10 years from the registration date. The trademark right can be almost permanently retained with renewal every 10 years.
Even if a patent right is obtained in your country, protection of the right can not cover the right in Japan unless a patent right is obtained in Japan.
If you wish to protect the intellectual property rights in Japan, you need to acquire rights on intellectual property in Japan.
We have experienced many intellectual property lawsuits such as infringement lawsuits and trial decision cancellation suits.
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