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Fees for Patent Examination Requests to Be Revised Lower

July 2011
Japan Patent Office

We wish to inform you that the fees for patent examination requests will be revised lower effective August 1st, 2011 in accordance with the Cabinet Order Established to Revise Fees Stipulated in Patent Laws. This Order was approved in a Cabinet meeting held on July 8, 2011. As a result, patent examination fees will be reduced on average from the current 200,000 yen or so to approximately 150,000 yen (a 25% reduction). Below is a table listing the current fees and the revised fees.

1. List of Current and Revised Fees for Patent Examination Requests (Summary of the full text)

Patent Examination Fees (For patent applications filed in and after 1988)


Revised Fees

Current Fees

Regular Patent Applications

JPY 118,000+No. of Claims × JPY 4,000

JPY 168,600+No. of Claims × JPY 4,000

IPA’s for which the JPO served as the ISA making the ISR

JPY 71,000+No. of Claims × JPY 2,400

JPY 101,200+No. of Claims × JPY 2,400

IPAs for which an office other than the JPO served as the ISA making the ISR

JPY 106,000+No. of Claims × JPY 3,600

JPY 151,700+No. of Claims × JPY 3,600


  • IPA: International Patent Application
  • ISA: the International Searching Authority
  • ISR: the International Search Report
  • JPO: Japan Patent Office

2. Eligibility of the Revised Fees

  • The revised fees will be eligible for patent examinations requested on and after August 1, 2011.
  • The current fees still will be collected for patent examinations made prior to August 1, 2011.

Note that the current fees will be collected for the following patent examinations, regardless if the fees are paid on or after August 1, 2011.

・ For Patent Examinations requested before August 1, 2011, even if the patent examination has to be amended, re-filed, and paid after August 1, 2011 because of incomplete paperwork at the time of the original request (based the Article 17(3)(iii) of the Patent Law).

[Last updated 8 July 2011]