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Revision of Fee Schedule Under 2015 Amendments (Effective on April 1, 2016)

Following the enactment of the Act on Partial Amendments to the Patent Act .etc (hereinafter referred to as “Amended Laws, etc.”), the fee schedule for patents, trademarks and international searches concerning international applications has been revised.

The new fee schedule that will be effective after the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016) is displayed as follows. In addition, how to apply new and old fee rules during the transitional period is also explained below.

New fee rules after April 1, 2016

(1) Patents

Application fees

 

Before
revision

After
revision

Patent application

¥15,000 ¥14,000
Application in foreign language ¥24,000 ¥22,000

Submission under the Patent Acts 184-5 (1)

¥15,000

¥14,000

Request under the Patent Acts 184-20 (1)

¥15,000

¥14,000

Patent annual fees (for applications for which examinations were requested on and after April 1, 2004)

 

Before revision

After revision

1–3rd year: annually

¥2,300 + ¥200 per claim

¥2,100 + ¥200 per claim

4-6th year: annually

¥7,100 + ¥500 per claim

¥6,400 + ¥500 per claim

7-9th year: annually

¥21,400 + ¥1,700 per claim

¥19,300 + ¥1,500 per claim

10-25th year: annually

¥61,600 + ¥4,800 per claim

¥55,400 + ¥4,300 per claim

Patent annual fees (for applications for which examinations were requested on and before March 31, 2004)

 

Before revision

After revision

1–3rd year: annually

¥11,400 + ¥1,000 per claim

¥10,300 + ¥900 per claim

4-6th year: annually

¥17,900 + ¥1,400 per claim

¥16,100 + ¥1,300 per claim

7-9th year: annually

¥35,800 + ¥2,800 per claim

¥32,200 + ¥2,500 per claim

10-25th year: annually

¥71,600 + ¥5,600 per claim

¥64,400 + ¥5,000 per claim

(2) Trademarks

Registration fees and renewal fees

 

Before revision

After revision

Registration fee (for 10 years)

¥37,600 per
classification
¥28,200 per
classification

Registration fee (by installments)

¥21,900 per
classification
¥16,400 per
classification

Renewal fee (for 10 years)

¥48,500 per
classification
¥38,800 per
classification
Renewal fee (by installments) ¥28,300 per
classification
¥22,600 per
classification

Defensive mark registration fee

¥37,600 per
classification
¥28,200 per
classification

Defensive mark renewal fee

¥41,800 per
classification
¥33,400 per
classification
Individual fees for trademark right based on international registration

 

Before revision

After revision

Equivalent to registration fee

¥37,600 per
classification
¥28,200 per
classification

Equivalent to renewal fee

¥48,500 per
classification
¥38,800 per
classification

(3) Fees concerning PCT international applications

 

Before
revision

After revision

For an
application
in Japanese

For an
application
in English

International search fee and transmittal fee

¥80,000

¥80,000

¥166,000

Additional search fee per invention

¥60,000

¥60,000

¥126,000

Preliminary examination fee

¥26,000

¥26,000

¥58,000

Additional preliminary examination fee per invention

¥15,000

¥15,000

¥34,000

Applicability of new fee rules

  • The old fee rules shall apply to patent fees and others that will be paid before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016).
  • The new fee rules shall apply to patent fees and others that will be paid on and after the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016).

*The old fee rules shall apply to the following patent fees, etc. even after the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016).

  • (1) Patent (registration) fees to be paid for the establishment of registration of rights if the 30th day calculated from the day when the certified copy of the examiner's decision to grant a patent is served  is before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016).
  • (2) Patent fees and patent surcharge, and trademark registration fees and trademark registration surcharges (if only the time limit for the payment is before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016).
  • (3) The second payment of the registration fee to be paid by installments, the first payment of which was paid according to the old fee rules (e.g. because it was paid before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force); and the second payment of the renewal fee to be paid by installments, the first payment of which was paid according to the old fee rules (e.g. because it was paid before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force).
  • * International search fees and additional search fees concerning international applications shall be based on the filing day of international applications*1, and preliminary examination fees and additional preliminary examination fees shall be based on the payment day of the preliminary examination fees. If such base day is before the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016), the old fee rules shall apply, and if such base day is on and after the day when the Amended Laws, etc. come into force (April 1, 2016), the new fee rules shall apply.

    (*1) The filing day of international applications is the day when international applications are received (PCT Regulations 14.1 (c), 15.3, and 16.1 (f)).

    [Last updated 12 February 2016]