Question: Is there any renewal requirement in Japan?
Answer: No. There is no specific renewal requirement in Japan. Upon paying the second part payment, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) issues the Certificate of Registration. When a Provisional Refusal is not issued, the Certificate of Registration would be directly sent to the applicant or her representative. Please note that you would not receive any letter from the JPO regarding the renewal instructions, and there is no specific renewal requirement in Japan. Accordingly, when the International Registration is renewed with designating Japan, the Japanese protection would be extended.