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Foreign applications and acquisition of patent rights (patents, designs, trademarks)

We provide the necessary support for patent, design, trademark applications and acquisition of intellectual property rights in countries around the world to meet the needs of our customers.

Acquisition of foreign intellectual property rights is required to support global business operations. Experienced staff members work with agents outside Japan to support applications and acquisition of rights.

Foreign applications and acquisition of patent rights

We meet the needs of our customers when they file applications for patents, designs, trademarks and seek to secure intellectual property rights overseas.

Patents

Experienced staff members with the required technical knowledge, overseas patent knowledge, and language skills work with firms outside of Japan to provide support for patent applications and the acquisition of patent rights.

Designs

Experienced staff members with a track record for successful design applications in over 35 countries, who are well-versed in the design systems of each country and the editing of design drawings, work with firms outside of Japan to provide support for design applications and the acquisition of design rights.

Trademarks

We work with over 100 overseas firms in over 190 countries to promptly file trademark applications and handle the procedures for acquiring trademark rights. We provide a wide range of support for our customers’ trademarking procedures, including the filing of oppositions and the action for cancellation in regard to a third party’s trademark.

Other services

Acquisition of expert opinion from patent attorneys

We provide support for obtaining expert opinions on infringement and validity from Japanese and overseas attorneys.

Checks for mistranslations in Chinese

We provide mistranslation checks by comparing the original text (in Japanese or English) to the Chinese translation.
If requested by a customer, we will also provide feedback to the Chinese translator and assist them to obtain the improved Chinese translation.

Provision of information

We also act on behalf of customers to obtain information such as the file wrapper (patent application and examination documents) and status of intellectual property rights (status of the payment of annuity) in each country.

Network overseas

Partner firms: 156 firms in 190 countries
Record of visits to overseas firms and visits of overseas firms to TTDC (FY 2014): Visited 42 overseas firms, 33 firms visited TTDC
Destinations of dispatched trainees: U.S., Europe, China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan