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


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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Extending The Period for Non-Japanese Applicants for Filing an Appeal Against An Examiner’s Final Decision of Rejection From Three Months to Four (effective April 1, 2009)

The Japan Patent Office’s (JPO) new guidelines for filing an appeal against an examiner’s “Notice of Final Refusal” will go into effect April 1, 2009. The JPO is responding to a long-standing complaint among Japanese applicants who’ve been frustrated by…
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