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Cost Inquiry Cost Estimate
We will provide estimation on fees for procedures from
entering/ filing to registration.
In PCT case, we can provide estimation if you let us know only your international
application number.
Provide the patent Documents for Entering/ Filing Procedure to Enter/File an
Application
Acceptance of Application
In the case of entering a PCT application into the Japanese national phase, if you let us know your international application number, we will take the necessary documents/ information from the Web site of WIPO. At first we enter/ file the
application,then we will prepare and
file the Japanese translation within 2 months from the date of entering the application (PCT) or within 16 months from the priority date (Paris Convention).
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 18 months 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.
In PCT case, the due date for filing a Request for Examination is 3 years from the International filing date.
Substantive Examination
The examiner examines whether the application satisfies
all the requirements for registration.
Examination results (Decision to Grant a Patent or Notice of Reasons for Refusal) will be notified around 9-14 months after the filing Request for Examination.
( If Reasons for Refusal is notified)
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/ 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 an Appeal against the examiner’s decision.
In the case the application was decided to be refused,
the applicant may file an 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 to Grant
a Patent
Decision to Grant a Patent
We will inform you when we receive Decision to Grant a
Patent from JPO.
If the application satisfies the requirements for Patent
registration, Decision to Grant a Patent will be issued.
(usually, the Decision is made after approximately 14 months from the filing Request for Examination)
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 counted from
the Japanese filing date
( in PCT case, from the international filing date).
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.
Annuity Application for Annuity
Registrant shall pay
annuity fees for each year to the expiration of the duration.
We will notify you when the payment time for the annuity
is approaching.

 

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