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Request to Register J-Pon Rebuffed

The Japan Patent Office has turned down Saga Prefecture’s request to register the trademark J-Pon for the greenhouse-grown Mandarin oranges it exports. The government agency said the proposed name resembles too closely that of Pon, a name already registered by an Ehime Prefecture agricultural association. Saga Prefecture is the nation’s leading producer of greenhouse-grown Mandarin oranges (10,600 tons in FY 2007), and hopes to boost its exports under a distinctive brand name.

Published: Mar 26, 2009 / Last Updated: Mar 26, 2009

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