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Revision of the Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model

September 16, 2015
Japan Patent Office
Administrative Affairs Division
Examination Standards Office

The draft revision of Examination Guidelines was prepared based on the discussions at the 1st to the 6th meetings of the Working Group on the Patent Examination Standards supervised by the Patent System Subcommittee under the Intellectual Property Committee of the Industrial Structure Council.

The Japan Patent Office invited the public to submit comments on it from July 8, 2015 to August 6, 2015 and finalize the revision of the Examination Guidelines.

The Revised Examination Guidelines are applied to examination on or after October 1, 2015.

Overview of the revision of Examination Guidelines

Examination Guidelines were revised according to the following objectives which were approved at the 1st meeting (August 22, 2014) of the Working Group on the Patent Examination Standards supervised by the Patent System Subcommittee under the Intellectual Property Committee of the Industrial Structure Council.

Objectives for the revision of Examination Guidelines

  • Making descriptions in the Examination Guidelines clear and concise.
  • Providing enough case examples and court precedents, in order to make the Examination Guidelines easier to understand.
  • Making the Examination Guidelines internationally acceptable.

[Last updated 16 September 2015]

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