FAQ for Design Application in Japan
FAQ for Design Application in Japan
|What design can be registered in Japan?
|A design that can be registered in Japan is a shape, a pattern, or a color of an article or part of the article.
|What are the requirements for filing a design application in Japan?
|A person requesting a design registration shall submit an application stating the following matters and drawing depicting the design for which registration is requested:
(1) Full name and address of applicant
|What is required for drawings?
|From May 2019, the Japan Patent Office no longer compulsory requires to submit six views such as front, rear, left side, right side, top plan and bottom plan views.
However, a part which is not shown in the drawings shall be treated as disclaimed part in the examination unless it is stated in the application that the part is omitted since it is identical with or symmetric to other views.
Even in a partial design application, it is still possible to submit a set of six drawings as before.These views must be consistent with each other both in size and shape. Additional drawings such as perspective and cross-sectional views also may be submitted.
|Is it acceptable to file photographs with the Japan Patent Office as formal drawings?
|Photographs are acceptable for a Japanese design application.
|Is it possible to file a multiple design application in Japan?
|No. Each design application must relate to a single design. Multiple design applications are not allowed under Japanese design law.
|When is the deadline for claiming priority under the Paris Convention?
|The deadline for claiming priority for a design application in Japan is 6 months from the filing date of the priority application.
|Are any executed documents required for filing an application?
|No executed documents are required for filing an application.
|Is it necessary to file a Request for Examination of design patent applications?
|The examination will be automatically carried out after the formality check.
|How long will it take from filing to receiving a certificate of registration?
|It takes approximately 8 months to register a design if there are no intervening office actions.
|Is annual fee required ?
|A person obtaining a registration establishing a design right shall pay annual fee for each year to the expiration of the duration.
|How long is the term of protection of design registration?
|20 years from the filing date.
|What are the differences in the requirements of application forms between partial designs and whole designs?
|For partial design applications, the following descriptions are necessary:
(1) Indication of “partial design”
|How should a partial design be identified in the drawings?
(1) Distinguish the part for which design protection is sought from the part for which design protection is not sought;
|Is it possible to obtain a design registration for patterns as a partial design?
|Although it is not possible to obtain a design registration for a pattern, it is possible to do so as long as the pattern is applied to a part of an article having a distinctive shape.
|Is it possible to file related design applications for partial designs?
|It is possible to obtain related design registrations for partial designs as long as the requirements for related design are satisfied.
|Is it possible to file related design applications between a partial design and a whole design?
|Yes, given that the partial design and the whole design are considered to be similar to each other.
|International Design Registrations
|As from May, 2015, Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs was applied in Japanese design applications.
|In what cases will priority based on Paris Convention be accepted for partial design applications?
|A priority claim may be accepted if the design is identical between the original partial design application and the priority-claiming Japanese partial design application. Therefore, a priority claim may not be accepted in the following cases:
(1) When the original application relates to a whole design and the Japanese application relates to a part of the whole design;
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