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Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan

September 2015
Examination Standards Office

Followings are the English texts of the Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan. When any ambiguity of interpretation is found in this provisional translation, the Japanese text shall prevail.

The following Examination Guidelines will be effective on and after October 1, 2015.(Revision History

The previous Examination Guidelines remain effective on examination conducted on and before September 30, 2015.

Applicable periods and applications of these Guidelines

Handling Procedures for Examinations involving Product-by-process Claims

Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan (download all) (PDF:5,192KB)

Contents

Part I Outline of Examination

Part II Description and Claims

Part III Patentability

Part IV Amendments of Description, Claims or Drawings

Part V Priority

Part VI Special Application

Part VII Foreign Language Written Application

Part VIII International Patent Application

Part IX Extension of Patent Term

Part X Utility Model

[Last updated 25 November 2015]

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