Please contact our partner office for more information about our services in Japan:

Minato Mirai Patent Firm
8F, Queen’s Tower A, 2-3-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-6008
T +81(45)2287531
Contact: Ms Tomoko Tsujita

Minato Mirai is a leading IP firm based in Yokohama specializing in patent, trademark, and design prosecution. Minato Mirai also specializes in infringement cases before the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan. In Japan the Customs Recordal procedure requires a comprehensive filing of documents for the products the brand is seeking to protect including photos and descriptions on how to distinguish counterfeit from genuine. Due to the time consuming nature of this process the costs of filing Customs recordal is costly. React partner Minato Mirai is offering a preferred rate for Customs Recordals for members as well as follow up to Customs seizures. Japanese Customs is highly active in border protection and members should have their marks recorded if not yet done so.

Our services in Japan

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)
  • Simplified procedure

Country Procedures

  • Customs application not mandatory, but recommended
  • Customs application is valid for maximum 4 years, then renewable
  • Photos of counterfeits and genuine products are required for Customs application so that Customs can distinguish counterfeits and genuine products. Trademark Registration in Japan is necessary.  Once Customs application is valid, seizure procedures go on 'Simplified procedure' track
  • Allegedly infringing importer must respond to Customs notification within 10 working days. If it is decided that the goods are infringing, Customs sends a “Notification of Decision” to importers.  If neither protests nor contact has been made, Customs will confiscate and destroy the goods