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Examination Guidelines for Design

*With regard to the implementation of Chapter 4 of Part 7 of the Design Examination Guidelines(11th March 2016 Revised Edition), Section “74.4.3 Creative Difficulty” shall be applicable to the applications for design registration which will be examined on or after April 1, 2016, and those other than Section “74.4.3 Creative Difficulty” shall be applicable to the applications for design registration filed on or after April 1, 2016.

・The previous Chapter 4 of Part 7 of the Design Examination Guidelines(PDF:1,034KB)

Followings are provisional translations. When any ambiguity of interpretation is found in the provisional translations, the Japanese text shall prevail.

Contents

Examination Guidelines for Design(all) (PDF:29,712KB)

Front Cover, etc. (PDF:112KB)

Table of Contents / Explanatory Notes (PDF:166KB)

Part I Application/Drawings

Chapter I Application for Design Registration (PDF:74KB)

Chapter II Finding of the Design in an Application for Design Registration (PDF:62KB)

Part II Requirements for Design Registration

Chapter I Industrially Applicable Design (PDF:231KB)

Chapter II Novelty (PDF:162KB)

Chapter III Creative Difficulty (PDF:12,398KB)

Chapter IV Exclusion from Protection of a Design in a Later Application That Is Identical or Similar to Part of a Design in a Prior Application (PDF:2,148KB)

Part III Exception to Lack of Novelty (PDF:99KB)

Part IV Unregistrable Designs (PDF:94KB)

Part V One Application per Design (PDF:70KB)

Part VI Prior Application (PDF:97KB)

Part VII Individual Applications for Design Registration

Chapter I Partial Design (PDF3,518KB)

Chapter II Design for a Set of Articles (PDF:2,402KB)

Chapter III Related Design (PDF:118KB)

Chapter IV Design Including a Graphic Image on a Screen (PDF:8,605KB)

Part VIII Individual Applications for Design Registration

Chapter I Amendment (PDF:63KB)

Chapter II Dismissal of Amendments (PDF:69KB)

Part IX Special Application for Design Registration

Chapter I Division of Applications for Design Registration (PDF:69KB)

Chapter II Conversion of Application (PDF:67KB)

Chapter III Special Provisions on Conversion of Application Concerning International Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PDF:62KB)

Chapter IV New Application for Amended Design (PDF:61KB)

Part X Procedure for Priority Claim under the Paris Convention, etc. (PDF:134KB)

Part XI International Application for Design Registration (PDF:224KB)

Part XII Procedure of Examination

Chapter I Overview (PDF:86KB)

Chapter II Details (PDF:175KB)

Part XIII Others

Chapter I Feature Statement (PDF:62KB)

Appendix

Table of Constituent Articles of Sets of Articles (PDF:80KB)

[Last updated 11 March 2016]

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