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Consult/Order Consultation
We will have an review of your request and orders.
Cost Inquiry Cost Estimate
We will provide estimation on fees for procedures from
filing to registration.
Proposal regarding the content of the Application
We will prepare the patent application including
specifications,claims, abstract and drawings.
Check
the Filing Documents
Drafting Documents for Filing an Application
We will ask you to check the content of the application to see if it meets your requests.
Procedure to File an
Application
Acceptance of Application
If you submit an
application including documents
written in English , we prepare a Japanese translation within 2 months
from the date of filing of the Application.
An application number will be issued.
The submitted documents are checked to see whether or not they fulfill formality
requirements.
Publication of Unexamined
Applications
・A publication will be published after 18months from the date of filing of the application.
Instruct
to pay the fee for request for
examination
Procedure to pay the fee for request for examination Request for Examination
A Request for Examination must be filed within 3 years from the filing date of the application.
Substantive Examination
The examiner examines whether the application satisfies all the requirements for registration.
Examination results (Decision of registration or Notice of Reasons for Refusal) will be notified around 12 months after the filing date.
Reviewing
Response to Notice of Reasons for Refusal
Proposal regarding Response
to Notice of Reasons for Refusal
Notice of Reasons for
Refusal
We will comment on the reasons for refusal, propose on
how to respond to the notice, such as objecting by filing an argument/by
filing an amendment .
When the application does not satisfy the requirements
for Patent registration,reasons for refusal will be notified.
Response must be submitted within 3 months from the date of dispatch of Notification of Reasons for Refusal.
3 months extension of time for response can be requested.
Reviewing
Arguments
/Amendments
Arguments
/Amendments
We will provide necessary explanation regarding the
content of the response.
Filing the Response Acceptance of the
Submission
/Substantive Examination
The examiner will conduct another substantive examination
to consider whether the response is sufficient to overcome the reasons for
refusal or not.
Reviewing
Decision of Final
Refusal
Proposal regarding Response
to Decision of Final Refusal
Decision of Final Refusal
We will comment on the Final Refusal, propose on how to respond to the notice, such as filing a Request for Appeal against the
examiner’s decision.
In the case the application was decided to be refused, the applicant may file a Request for Appeal against the examiner’s decision.
Reviewing
Documents for Appeal against Decision of Refusal
Filing Appeal against
Decision of Refusal
Appeal Decision of Refusal
If the applicant has an
objection to the decision of refusal, the applicant can file an appeal against examiner’s decision of refusal.
In the case the Appeal Decision of refusal is maintained, the applicant may file an Appeal against JPO with the intellectual Property
High Court.
Reporting Decision for
Registration
Decision for Registration
We will inform you when we receive Decision of
Registration from JPO.
If the application satisfies the requirements for Patent
registration, Decision of Registration will be issued.
(usually, a decision is made after approximately 12 months from the filing of an application)
Instruct
to pay the registration fee
Paying the registration fee
The application will be dismissed if the registration fee is not paid within 30 days after the Decisions transmitted.
Reporting Patent
Registration
Registration/
Issuance of Registration Certificate
The patent rights are effective for 20 years from the date of registration of establishment. Certificate of Patent Registration is issued with the Registration Number and Date of Registration after 2 to 3 weeks from the payment of registration fee.
Issuance of Patent Gazette
A Patent gazette on which the details of patent rights are described is published to widely announce that the Patent rights has been established.
Renewal Application for renewal
Registrant shall pay
annuity fees for each year to the expiration of the duration.

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