The Japanese Portal Huffpost Japan published an article reporting that the Shueisha publisher has successfully registered as intellectual properties three of the six haori design patterns used by the characters of the Kimetsu Multimedia No Yaiba franchise. From now on, the company may sue those who use them in unauthorized products.
"The pattern of the clothes used by three characters in the popular multimedia franchise of" Kimetsu No Yaiba "was successfully registered on June 3 as an intellectual property. Shueisha, the publisher that published the manga, had sent the request to the Japan Patent Office since the year 2020, originally requesting the registration of six patterns. The three that were successfully recorded were those corresponding to Giyuu Tomioka, Shinobu Kokou and Kyoujurou Rengoku. This intellectual property record protects its use on other products such as sleather sleeves, video game software, clothing and even towels. In the future, if some of these three designs are used in an unauthorized product, Shueisha will have permission to issue a lawsuit ».
"On the other hand, a" notification of rejection "was also issued through the Patent Office of Japan on May 26, indicating the three patterns that were not accepted as an intellectual property and corresponding to the Tanjirou Kamado characters, Nezuko Kamado and Zenitsu Agatsuma, which will continue under examination of the competent authorities. If Shueisha appeals to the decision of the office in the next forty days after the issuance of the "rejection notification", they may reapply. "
«By reviewing the Registry of Intellectual Property Registry Requests from Kimetsu No Yaiba at the Japan Patent Office, Shueisha may be noted that Shueisha issued the registration request of these six designs since June 24, 2020. The reason seems to be Because multiple companies were manufacturing products using these designs, to increase their sales by making them go by "inspired by Kimetsu No Yaiba". An officer of Shueisha commented in an interview: "We must stop the production of malicious items and illegal copies, and protect the distribution of legitimate products" ».
"Regarding the three designs that were rejected, the Patent Office of Japan explained in the" notification of rejection "that, in essence, the three designs can not be registered as intellectual properties because" they are quite common patterns ". The design of Zenitsu, which is simply a yellow background with equilateral triangles, was also rejected when denoted as "a common decorative pattern and nothing that distinguishes it from others." However, this does not mean that the registration is impossible. If Shueisha manages to issue some appeal where he offers more details about this pattern and particular signals, the case could be re-examined in the future. "
Source: Huffpost Japan
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