JPO’s Updated Extension Guidelines Provides Second-Chance, Post-Deadline Extension

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Missed the first deadline for an Office Action response? Since the Revision to Japanese Patent Law effective from April 2016, the JPO has modified rules for extending the deadline for responding to Pre-Appeal Office Actions*, both minor and major. Of…
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Proper Formatting for Translations and Content Submitted to the JPO

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Q. I have ready a Japanese translation for my application; can I have Keisen submit the translation as it is? A. In short, No. Generally speaking, a translation provided by an applicant cannot be filed as it is in Japan…
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JPO Expands Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Connections with South America

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The Japan Patent Office (JPO) continues to expand its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) network with pilot programs initiated with the National Institutes of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and Argentina, respectively, from April 1, 2017. The JPO plans to start…
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Strategy for Requesting Late Filing (Reinstatement) of a Patent Application in Japan

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When a patent application one wanted to file in Japan is filed late, how can the applicant win approval for late filing (Reinstatement)? They may file a Request for Reinstatement. In Due Care and Late Filing (Reinstatement) of an Application…
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Due Care and Late Filing (Reinstatement) of an Application in Japan

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Is it possible to reinstate a lapsed application in Japan? This is a question we are asked frequently at Keisen. The short answer is, Yes! It certainly is possible. The longer answer is that, although it is possible, the standards…
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Post Issuance Proceedings in Japan (Presentation)

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The options and implications for post-issuance/grant proceedings and oppositions in Japan can be complicated, and you will need to take various factors into consideration. Our presentation gives you background and ideas for protecting or challenging issued patents. We would be…
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Updated Versions of JPO Examination “Guidelines” and “Handbook” for Patents and Utility Models

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The JPO has published the completely updated “Examination Guidelines for Patents and Utility Models” and “Examination Handbook for Patents and Utility Models” on September 16, 2015. (The “Guidelines” take effect only for examinations conducted from October 1, 2015.) An important…
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