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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 27, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 1/22)
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Operating Procedures for Foreign Users' Signatures Revised

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) revised its regulations for procedural documents and proving documents to be submitted to the JPO, abolishing the requirement for using a seal to these documents from January 1, 2022, except for some procedures.

When using a seal for which the JPO continues to require the use of a seal (procedures to which damage caused by falsifying documents is significant), a seal must be used where “personal identity can be verified.”

The JPO revised its operating procedures for foreign users' signatures to proving documents to require foreign users to verify their personal identity. Applicants need to submit any of the following:

- Description in applications, stating that “the intention of transferors was confirmed” by representatives of transferors or transferees
- Submission of assignments with documents certifying the authenticity of signature
- Submission of signature certificates
- Visit of transferors to JPO to confirm identity

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