The Design Law has been amended to expand protection to new categories of designs. Recently, the JPO homepage announced a collection of new design patents which fall under the expanded protection for newly eligible designs. Specifically, the case studies involve newly protected images, buildings, and interior designs (all pages in Japanese). Such examples (all accompanied with figures/images) may assist applicants who may wish to take advantage of the expanded scope of design protection. Specific information on this topic can be found here
Tuesday, April 5 2022 \ Published by Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law.