Patent

Japan

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
Inventions which satisfy the conditions of novelty, inventive step and capable of industrial application, are subjected to patentability.
Inventions not Patentable
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Non-Convention Application
No
Convention Application
Yes
PCT National Phase Application
Yes
Divisional Application
Yes
Patent of Addition
No
Patent of Importation (Patent of Introduction)
No
Others
No
Utility Model Protection is provided under Patent
Yes
Type of Application
Convention Application and Non-convention Application
Time Period
30 Months
Extended Deadline
N/A
Patent of Invention
20 Years
Utility Model Patent
10 Years
Design Patent
N/A
Extension of Foreign Patent
N/A
Exceptions (e.g. Pharmaceutical Patents)
N/A

PROSECUTION

Basic Number of Pages
N/A
Basic Number of Claims
N/A
Basic Number of Dependent Claims
N/A
Basic Number of Independent Claims
N/A
Types of Claims
Product-by-Process and Programmed Computer or Software
Invention Specification
N/A
Language of Specification
English and Japanese
Translation required
Yes
Due date to file the translation
PCT: 2 Months after PCT National Entry; Paris: 16 Months from Priority Date
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Signed
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
No
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
No
International Search Report (ISR), in case of PCT
Yes
International Preliminary Examination Report (IPEA), in case of PCT
Yes
Declaration of Ownership
No
Declaration of Nationality
No
Copy of Inventor's Passport
Yes
Other Documents
No
Applicability of Examination
N/A
Time of Examination
N/A
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
N/A
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
N/A
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Examination
Optional
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
12 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
3 Months (2 Months and then 1 Month)
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
12 - 24 Months
Applicability of Examination
Yes
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
3 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
3 Months (2 Months and then 1 Month)
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
12 Months (Maximum)
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
6 - 8 Months

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A