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Yakult Bottle Acquired Distinctiveness

Do you know about Yakult's delicious lactic acid drink which is contained in a small bottle? Yakult's lactic acid drink (hereafter referred to as "Yakult drink") is the most famous lactic acid drink in Japan and today is also being sold in many countries around the world. When you are enjoying Yakult drink, please keep in mind the case mentioned below.

On November 16, 2010, the IP High Court issued an interesting decision stating that a 3D mark "Bottle of Yakult drink (without any word and other elements attached thereto)" (hereafter referred to as "Yakult Bottle") had acquired distinctiveness with respect to "lactic acid drinks"

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