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Japan: Examination Guidelines for Similar Goods and Services released

On 4 February 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) published Examination Guidelines corresponding to the newly revised Enforcement Regulations of the Trademark Act which have been in force since 25 December 2015. The new Guidelines correspond to the Nice Classification, 10th edition, version 2016, and are being applied to applications filed on or after 1 January 2016. They provide the standard for all trade mark examiners, and all examination of similarity of goods or services is in principle conducted in accordance with the Guidelines. More details can be found on the JPO's English website.

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