What determines similarity of trademarks?
Then, do you know what determines the similarity of trademarks?
By what we should judge that…?
How to determine by the three points concretely?
But, is it needed to interpret two trademarks as similar that all the three points thereof are identical or similar to each other?
It is not necessarily needed because similarity of trademarks should be judged by considering the three points comprehensively.
According to the trademark examination standards, two marks should be similar if one of the three points thereof is similar at least in principle although there are exceptions.
But “pronunciation” is the most important
Then, for example, here are two marks which are very different from each other in their appearances but have similar pronunciations. And, they do not have any meanings.
In this case, how should we judge?
Actually, “pronunciation” is the most important under the Japanese trademark practice.
That is, the marks should be judged as similar in principle.
But, there are some cases where we should judge the two marks mentioned above as dissimilar, right?
You said “in principle”.
I will talk about it in next opportunity.