The Stretchers Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-141504) in Japan for THE STRETCHERS for purposes including electronic game program and downloadable electronic game program. Logo used in the application added below…

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New Kirby Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-140553) in Japan for KIRBY for purposes including designated goods and designated services (these include merchandise, clothing, stationery, beverages, entertainment services, and more). This is not for a new video game. Actual application added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Nintendo Apply For Nintendo Switch And Joy-Con Plurality Patent

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new “Information processing” patent (特開2019-197585) in Japan. The patent aims to allow an information processing device (a Nintendo Switch is depicted throughout the application) to be used in a plurality of modes by using a main body device including a display, and attachable / detachable operation devices (Joy-Con) with the Switch operational with Joy-Con either attached or detached.

Whilst similar to another recent patent, this application makes reference to a 2011 patent (特開2011-108256) which aimed to reduce discomfort to users and depicted a Nintendo 3DS in switching between viewing the LCD screen in regular planar and in stereoscopic 3D displays. Please note this is just a brief summary of a 92 page PDF. Select images from both the new Nintendo Switch and prior Nintendo 3DS applications added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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New Goemon Trademark

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-136806) in Japan for ゴエモン (Goemon) for a huge number of purposes including both “game program” and “game software”. The last Goemon game was “Goemon Toukai Douchuu” back in 2005 for Nintendo DS. Actual application added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat and Naruki.

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Nintendo Apply For Mario Kart Tour Patents

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for two new “Information processing” patents (特開2019-193741 and 特開2019-193742) in Japan, both related to Mario Kart Tour. 193741 aims to improve interest in handling a game item owned by a user (this patent is also an appendage to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which is referenced at this external link) with the former game adopting up to three items at once, the ‘Fever’ mode, and so-forth.

193742 aims to enhance motivation for acquiring a price and a charging item available in a game (this patent aims to improve the Mario Kart 7 system which is referenced at this external link – please note that this link now redirects to the Mario Kart 7 website and not the ‘Karts’ page as intended), by the correlation between obtaining machine parts (karts and gliders) and from the in-game items (such as in the ‘Special Skills’ of the machine parts etc).


Please note these are just brief summaries of 54 page and 51 page PDFs, intended as a brief insight into the applications and thereby not necessarily indicative of the patents as a whole. Select images that are used in both applications added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Nintendo Apply For Reducing Power Consumption Patent

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new “Information processing” patent (特開2019-186642) in Japan. The patent aims to provide a method for reducing power consumption when repeatedly receiving packets (collection of data) from other devices (Nintendo Switch is used as an example in the images) by wireless communication. The information processing unit includes a receiving unit, a storage unit, and a predetermined processing unit, which utilises the mode transition in the information processing unit, thus power consumption can be reduced. Please note this is just a brief summary of a 30 page PDF. Select images added below including a translation of the representative drawing. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Eternal Darkness Trademark

Nintendo of America Inc. have filed the fifth request for an extension of time to file a Statement of Use for its trademark (87274495) of ETERNAL DARKNESS for purposes including “video game software”. Nintendo will need to file a Statement of Use within the next six months or the application will be abandoned. Many thanks to Rösti of Resetera (original thread).

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Nintendo Apply For Information Processing Patent

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new “Information processing” patent (特開2019-185383) in Japan. The patent aims to improve the operability of a drag operation (drag-and-drop) by solving the problem when a user moves a virtual object (such as a block) on a display device (the images indicate a Nintendo Switch), the virtual object is obscured by the finger or stylus and the operation becomes difficult. The process relatively separates the input coordinate from the virtual object by calculating the coordinate changes, thus improving the operability of a drag operation. Please note this is just a brief summary of a 30 page PDF. The “Make” section of the Super Mario Maker 2 website is referenced in the application. Select images added below including a translation of the representative drawing. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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New Picross Trademark UPDATE

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-133013) in Japan for PICROSS for purposes including video game program, downloadable video game program, smartphone program, greeting cards, comic books, posters, stickers, and more. Picross 3D: Round 2 released for 3DS in 2015 in Japan (2016 overseas) with the original Picross 3D releasing for DS in 2009/2010. Update: actual application added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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