The Flow of the Acquisition of Trademarks

Trademark registration application

To identify the trademark and the product and service which you want to use your trademark, you will prepare the following documents; applicants, the general information of the trademark, and its images.

Examination
Notice of reasons for rejection
Argument / Amendment
Decision of final rejection
Dissatisfaction trial
Trial Examination
Rejection Trial Decision
Suit against trial decision

If the advance survey is not sufficient, you are noticed of reasons for rejection. Also, you may receive it for 'not having an identifying power.' Once noticed, you can submit the argument or amendment within the designated term (usually 40 days).

If the reasons for rejection are not overcome, decision of final rejection is sent to you. In such case, you can demand a dissatisfaction trial within three months.

If all of the reasons for rejection are overcome by the application examination or trial examination, the application will become one of them.

Decision of registration

If all of the reasons for rejection are overcome by the application examination or trial examination, the application will become one of them.

Payment of the trademark registration fee

The trademark right is valid after paying the registration fee during the designated term. There are two types of paying. 1) Paying the entire fee (10 years) and 2) Dividing first 5 years and later 5 years
If you choose 2), you have to pay the later fee within the five year of the first payment day.

Registration

The day of the registration of the establishment is the initial day of generation of the trademark right. Later, the trademark publication is open in order to identify the final content. (Trademark Law Article 18, Paragraph 3)