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Appended Table 1 and 2 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Design Act

March 2015

Design Examination Standards Office

Following Appended Table 1 and 2 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Design Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Appended Table 1” and the “Appended Table 2”) are provisional translations. When any ambiguity of interpretation is found in the provisional translations, the Japanese text (External link) shall prevail.


Article 6 of the Design Act provides that “A person requesting a design registration shall submit to the Commissioner of the Patent Office an application stating the following matters and drawing depicting the design for which registration is requested: (ⅰ) the name, and domicile or residence of the applicant for the design registration; (ⅱ) the name and domicile or residence of the creator of the design; and (ⅲ) the article to the design.”
Article 7 of the Design Act provides that “An application for design registration shall be filed for each design in accordance with a classification of articles as provided by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.”
Article 7 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Design Act provides that “The classification of articles as provided by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry referred to in Article 7 of the Design Act shall be that set forth in the column of “Classification of Articles” in Appended Table 1.”
When stating “the article to the design” in the application, it should be belonged to a classification of articles listed in the right-hand column of the Appended Table 1. When it does not fall under any items of the classification of articles listed in the right-hand column of the Appended Table 1, equivalent in level to the classification of articles listed in the right-hand column must be stated in the column of “the article to the design” of the application.


Article 8 of the Design Act provides that “Where two or more articles are used together and are specifically designated by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (hereinafter referred to as a "Set of Articles"), if the Set of Articles is coordinated as a whole, an application for design registration may be filed as for one design, and the applicant may obtain a design registration, for designs for the articles that constitute the Set of Articles.”

In order for an application for design registration to be registered as a design for a Set of Articles, the column of “the article to the design” of the application must be designated by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, that is, they must fall under any of the categories of a set of articles listed in the Appended Table 2. Where the subject matter stated in the column of “the article to the design” of the application does not fall under any of the categories of a set of articles listed in the Appended Table 2, it is not found to be a Set of Articles.

[Last updated 19 March 2015]

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