Union européenne
Japon
Marques de fabrique ou de commerce; Indications géographiques
9. Does Japanese trademark legislation provide for the refusal or invalidation of the registration of a trademark which contains or consists of a geographical indication in accordance with Article 22.4 of the TRIPS Agreement?
Under the Japanese Trademark Law, an application for registration of a trademark which comes under Article 22.4 of the TRIPS Agreement shall be refused in accordance with Article 4(1)(xvi) of the Law. In case such a trademark is registered, the registration may be invalidated through appeal in accordance with Article 46 of the Law.