The ordinance to revise fees related to the Patent Act of Japan was passed by the cabinet on July 8, 2011, and the new reduced fees for requesting an examination was announced by the JPO on July 8, 2011.
The new fees become effective on August 1, 2011. The reduction is aproximately 25%.
Following is the new schedule of fees:
The new fees will be applied to examinations requested on or after August 1, 2011. However, the new fees do not apply to those applications in which an examination has been requested before August 1, 2011 with a deferred payment.