MONO Blue, white, and black three-color pattern,
Registered as a trademark consisting only of color

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Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. (Head Office: 6-Chome, Toshima, Kita-ku, Tokyo, President: Akihiro Ogawa) A symbol of the MONO brand that has been used for many years as a brand of Plastic Eraser , Blue, white, and black three-color pattern = MONO The color pattern bottom right =, on March 1, there is a decision (registration assessment) to acknowledge the registration as “trademark consisting only of color” without the outline from the JPO, and the company confirmed the registered appraisal copy. In the future, we would like to proceed with various procedures and register trademarks promptly.
The following is an outline of the trademark, which consists only of the colors of the company that is allowed to register.
■ Applicant Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
■ Application number Business application 2015-29914
■ Filing date: April 1, 2015
■ Registration Assessment date of delivery: March 1, 2017
■ “Trademark consisting of color only”
The combination of ■ color, blue (Pantone293C), white (combination of process color: C = 0, M = 0, Y = 0, K = 0), black (combination of process color: C = 0, M = 0, Y = 0, K = 100), color scheme from top to blue, white, Black (3 parts) = Right figure =
■ Designated products are the sixteenth Plastic Eraser
“Trademark consisting only of color” was newly protected as a trademark right in the amended Trademark Act, which was enforced on April 1, 2015, with position, movement, hologram, and sound.
The company applied the three-color pattern of the MONO brand blue, white and black on the same day enforcement of the amended trademark law. As a result, on March 1, 2017, the JPO received a decision to register as a trademark consisting only of color (registration assessment).
It was the first time that the JPO recognized the registration as a trademark consisting of only color, and this included the three colors of our MONO.
[Origin of MONO]
The three-color pattern of MONO blue, white, and Black has not changed for 48 years, adopted in the paper case (called the sleeve) that is wrapped in the body of the “MONO Plastic Eraser ” That was released in 1972 (1969). Even after the expansion of the varieties, the three colors of blue, white and black patterns have been developed in a unified style based on the design rules. The blue, white, and black three-color patterns are unique to our company’s MONO, and we have decided to accept the registration as a trademark consisting only of color.
[Development of MONO]
Mono Plastic Eraser , which became the launch of the three-color pattern OF The Mono brand, currently has 10 varieties and 18 species (the product that introduces the three-color pattern OF the Mono brand), about 30% in the Plastic Eraser Market for Clerical learning (2015/ It is a top brand with the share of our estimated). In addition, the product field of the MONO brand which develops in three color patterns is a pencil kind, a Correction Tape , a part of the mechanical pencil, a Spare Leads , Each product is 31 varieties, 117 species (the number of items that count the difference between color pattern and size 1).
This time, the three-color pattern of our MONO was recognized as a “trademark consisting only of color”, thanks to the high awareness and recognition that a lot of people have nominated and used the brand product for many years. It is also a result of the patent Office’s understanding that the situation was evaluated during the review process.
Thus MONO is a conventional trademark registered (no characters) colored graphic trademark arranged three colors of color (registration No. 4268401, Registration date 1999/4/30), the color of the MONO-arranged plane colored graphic trademark (registration No. 4268402, Registration date 1999/4/30), in addition to the three-dimensional colored three-dimensional trademark (registration No. 4370038, Registration date 2000/3/24), will be subject to the protection of trademark rights as “color” in the future, we will actively engage in brand protection activities, We will further enhance the value of the brand.

A symbol of the MONO brand that has been assessed as a “trademark consisting only of color” without an outline from the JPO

Mono Plastic Eraser , a typical product OF the Mono brand


MONO Plastic Eraser series designed in blue, white, and black three-color patterns

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