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 May 27, 2022

NEW! Japan Patent Office (JPO) Requires Sequence Listings to Comply with WIPO Standard ST. 26 as of July 1, 2022

As agreed by the WIPO member states, all sequence listings accompanying patent applications filed in the JPO on or after July 1, 2022, will be required to comply with WIPO Standard ST.26.

 Mar. 7, 2022

Revision of Official Fees (effective on or after April 1, 2022)

There will be a raise in the official fees for patent annuities and trademark registration fees.

 Feb. 25, 2022

Amendment to the Enforcement Regulations of the Patent Law and the Utility Model Law, Limiting the Use of Multiple Dependent Claims

Hitherto, multiple dependent claims in patent or utility model applications that depend from other multiple dependent claims have been permitted in Japan.

 Feb. 4, 2022

Recent Developments with regard to AI and IoT-related Inventions

A JPO webpage providing examination guidelines for AI and IoT-related technologies has been launched.

 June 3, 2021

Revisions to IP Laws

On May 14, 2021, a bill for new revisions to IP Laws passed the Diet and was promulgated.

 Sept. 9, 2020

Introducing the Fast Track Examination System for Trademarks

As you may be aware, it usually takes about 11 to 14 months from the filing date of an application before the Japan Patent Office (JPO) issues either a first Office Action or a Notice of Allowance in a trademark application.

 June 29, 2020

Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts (Act No. 3 of May 17, 2019)

Further to our previous report on the revision of the Design Act, there have been several revisions to the Patent Act and other IP-related acts.

 May 15, 2020

Participation as Guest at Berggren Live Radio

One of our attorneys joins as a guest at “Berggren Live Radio”, which is an Internet broadcast program of an IP law firm Berggren, Finland.

 May 1, 2020

Revisions to the Design Law (April 1, 2020)

The revisions to the Design Law promulgated on May 17, 2019, came into effect on April 1, 2020.

 Apr. 28, 2020

Remedial Measures at the JPO in Circumstances Affected by COVID-19

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has announced relief measures regarding the handling of procedures related to patents, utility models, designs and trademarks that are affected by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

 Apr. 7, 2020

Declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo

The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency in relation to COVID-19 pandemic in several cities including Tokyo metropolitan city until May 6, 2020.

 Apr. 3, 2020

Remedies for procedures before the Japan Patent Office affected by COVID-19

On April 3, 2020, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) made an announcement regarding the effect of COVID-19 on procedures such as the filing of patents, utility models, designs and trademarks.

 Mar. 24, 2020

IP High Court Grand Panel Case: Beauty Device Case: Presumption of Damages

The IP High Court decision established criteria for determining the amount of damages as stipulated in Article 102(1) of the Patent Law of Japan.