Japanese design law

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Japanese Design Law is determined by the Design Act (意匠法 Ishō-hō?). Under this Act, only registered designs are legally protected, and it stipulates the procedure for obtaining a design registration in the Japan Patent Office. The protection for unregistered design is provided by the Unfair Competition Prevention Act (不正競争防止法 Fusei kyōsō bōshi-hō?).

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An official English-language translation of the law does not exist, but the Japanese Ministry of Justice's website, under the Japanese Law Translation section[1] provides users with Japanese laws and their unofficial English translation. IP laws such as the Patent Act, Copyright Act, Trademark Act, Design Act and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act are included there.

In addition, the Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL)[2] offers the public access to IP Gazettes of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) free of charge through the internet.

Reliable information on Japanese IP law in English is also provided by the websites of the Intellectual Property High Court,[3] Japan Patent Office,[4] Transparency of Japanese Law Project,[5] European Patent Office,[6] and the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) of Japan.[7]

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