• Noriko ItaiEmail author
  • Kenta Sugimoto
  • Shigeshi Tanaka
Part of the LIDC Contributions on Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition book series (LIDC)


In Japan, the importance of protection of indications of origin has been recognized through various international agreements, including TRIPS. In June 2014, the Law on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foodstuffs which protects indications that identify a product as originating from a specific place, region, or country, where quality, reputation, or other established characteristic of the product is essentially attributable to the specific place, region, or country was enacted. It is sui generis protection of geographical indications defined in Article 22 of TRIPS. Indications of origin are protected by the said new law and the pre-existing systems such as the Unfair Competition Law, the “Standard for Indications in relation to Geographical Indications of Liquor,” and the Trademark Law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aoki, Sekine & TanakaTokyoJapan

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