Q&A: Fixing Errors and Making Changes in a PCT Application’s Japan National Phase


As we say in Japan, “Even monkeys fall from trees.” Even expert inventors, applicants, writers, and agents can make errors in their patent documents. Clients have approached us concerning various errors made in their PCT international patent applications, wondering what…
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JPO Postponing Alternative Dispute Resolution Plans with IoT Difficulties


In 2017, the JPO had been trying to institute a system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to force patent owners and prospective licensees to reach positive resolution when negotiations failed. However, the JPO realized that it should hold off on…
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