Our Practice

Our practice can be categorized mainly to "Patent / Utility model", "Design" and "Trademark". We widely support acquiring intellectual property rights in each category, not to mention in Japan but in the whole world, through activities such as patentability search, filing process, filing appeal, litigation, warning infringer and licensing.

Patent / Utility Model

Upon filing an application for Patent and Utility model rights, Minami Aoyama Patent and Trademark Attorneys aims to obtain rights not only of broad scope but also stable and strong that can stand in the event of exertion thereof such as law suit. For this reason, we discuss the invention of our client from various points of view and propose the best form of filing that can convince him /her, taking into account factors like future trend and possible embodiments.

Some examples of our practice area:

  • -Mechanics
  • -Semiconductor / Semiconductor manufacturing technologies / MEMS
  • -Household electric appliances
  • -Communication systems / Networks
  • -Chemistry / Biotechnology
  • -Electrical circuit
  • -Optical apparatus
  • -Medical instrument
  • -Software / Business model
  • -Commodities for daily use

Design

Upon filing an application for Design rights, Minami Aoyama Patent and Trademark Attorneys propose the most suitable form of application to our client to protect his / her design from multiple aspects, by maximizing the merits we could possibly obtain under the rules that are unique in the current design law, for example, "part design", "related design", "secret design". Moreover, we have a strategy of our own that is to protect an invention not only within the scope of patent rights but also by acquiring design rights so that the design rights would supplement the patent rights once a law suit has been filed.

We handle articles from various fields. Following is an example of fields that a design application has actually been filed.

  • -Household electric appliances
  • -Clock
  • -Musical instrument
  • -Optical equipment
  • -Transportation appliances
  • -Sticker
  • -Medical instrument
  • -Parts for vehicles
  • -Graphical User Interface
  • -Commodities for daily use

Trademark

Upon filing an application for Trademarks, Minami Aoyama Patent and Trademark Attorneys would not merely registers the trademark requested to be filed by our client, but would propose the most suitable form of application that could realize a strong brand image and could draw attention of consumers, taking into consideration the future business development of his / her own.

We deal with goods / services of every field. Following is an example of goods / services that a trademark application has actually been filed.

  • -Software
  • -Household electric appliances
  • -Food / Beverages
  • -Kitchen utensils
  • -Parking service
  • -Optical equipment
  • -Books / Magazines
  • -Facilities for improving environment
  • -Wining and dining service
  • -Finance / Insurance
  • -Medical instrument
  • -Pharmacies
  • -Apparels
  • -Broadcasting / Communication service
  • -Education service/ Certification exam service

Others

We offer services in the following fields as well:

Copyright
Consultation on copyrights,
Licensing,
Warning infringer
Registration of author's real name
Registration of the first issue date and/or the date of completion of creation,
Transfer of the copyrights

Unfair Competition
Consultation on unfair competition, warning infringer