Japan Patent OfficeJapan’s Trademark Information will be provided to the World’s Largest Database, Called “Global Brand Database”- To allow Japan’s users to search trademark information by the batch inside and outside Japan -
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will start the provision of its Trademark Registration Gazettes, which include information on registered trademarks in Japan to the Global Brand Database, the world’s largest database maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Reflecting Japan’s Trademark Registration Gazettes in the database will allow Japan’s users to bulk search not only Japan’s gazettes but also those of other countries. This approach will contribute to the more effective utilization of the database for users formulating their global brand strategies.
The JPO agreed with the WIPO to provide its Trademark Registration Gazettes to the Global Brand Database, a service that the WIPO started in February 2013 to provide users with trademark information from 16 countries worldwide.
2. Details of the agreement
According to the agreement, in January 2015, the JPO will start to provide the database with approximately 1.7 million registered trademark gazettes that have been issued in Japan since 2000. In addition, from time to time, the JPO will provide the database with its future trademark gazettes to be registered. This approach will allow users who intend to develop their brands globally to bulk search free of charge both in the global trademark gazettes and in those published by Japan.
The database also allows users to access images of trademarks with similar features if they input image files of the figures they search to the database. This function is expected to increase the user-friendliness for Japan in using of the database service, thereby facilitating such users’ effective utilization of the database in formulating their global brands’ strategies.
Reference: Details of the Global Brand Database
- Outline of the service
The database is one of the information services that the WIPO provides free of charge, in which users are able to search filed trademark applications and registered trademarks as well as refer to details of the information on such trademarks by the batch.
Initially, the database service, started in March 2011, provided information on international registration of trademarks, appellations of origins under the Lisbon Agreement, national crests under Article 6 (3) of the Paris Convention, and other trademarks. Moreover, in February 2013, the WIPO started the storage of international information on trademark applications and trademarks registered and filed worldwide. Currently, users are able to search and refer to trademark information provided by trademark offices from 16 countries. As of November 20, 2014, the database stores approximately 14 million pieces of data.
In May 2014, the WIPO released a new image retrieval function of the database, by which users are able to search images of trademarks with similar features by inputting image files of the figures they search to the database.
- Sixteen participating trademark offices:
The U.S., Australia, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Philippines, Denmark, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Cambodia, Estonia, UAE, Oman, and Algeria
- Number of stored data pieces (as of November 25, 2014)
Countries that offered data to the WIPO Number of stored data pieces The U.S. 7,701,826 Australia 1,406,461 Canada 1,376,113 International trademark applications filed under the Madrid Protocol 791,590 Singapore 589,403 New Zealand 561,920 Switzerland 344,764 The Philippines 325,567 Denmark 278,175 Israel 235,677 Morocco 135,386 Egypt 64,533 Cambodia 56,863 Estonia 54,278 UAE 39,540 Oman 39,088 Algeria 18,080 National crests and emblems under Article 6 (3) of the Paris Convention 3,057 Appellations of origins under the Lisbon Agreement 929
Source: Global Brand Database website:
November 27, 2014
Division in charge
Patent Information Planning Office, General Coordination Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO