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Handbook for PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination in the Japan Patent Office

January 2017
Examination Standards Office

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has updated its “Handbook for PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination in the Japan Patent Office”, as well as provided a provisional English translation of the Handbook. When any ambiguity in terms of interpretation is found in the provisional translation, the Japanese text shall prevail. The link to the provisional translation of the Handbook is provided below.

Handbook for PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination in the Japan Patent Office (PDF:5,007KB)

1. Background

Due to the steadily increasing number of international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it was necessary to clarify its practices and procedures in the JPO acting as the International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority under the PCT.

Based on this, the JPO first created the “Handbook for PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination in the Japan Patent Office” in October 2015. This Handbook is designed to improve the transparency and predictability of searches and examinations conducted by the JPO acting as the International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority.

2. Objective of the Handbook

Procedures for international applications under the PCT are stipulated in the PCT (Treaty), Regulations under the PCT, and other PCT documents, as well as in Japan’s national laws such as the Act on International Applications under the PCT.

The objective of the Handbook is to explain the specific practices and procedures conducted by the JPO acting as the International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority. The Handbook also cites relevant provisions in the PCT documents and, if applicable, Japan’s laws.

3. Effective date

The information contained in the Handbook applies to all international searches and preliminary examinations conducted on and after October 1, 2015.

4. Revision history

Date

Brief description of revision

January 2017

・Appendix B.2 “Non-Patent Literature” was updated due to a revision of WIPO Standards ST.14.
・§5.1 “Use of the Results of Earlier Search (Additional Form 2)” was updated due to a modification of Additional Form 2.
・Editorial and minor changes were made due to modifications of other Forms, etc.

April 2016

Amounts of additional fees and competences of Offices/Authorities were updated.

January 2016

Forms were updated, such as the International Search Report; references to the “PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines” were revised; and errors were corrected.

October 2015

First edition was released.

[Last updated 4 January 2017]

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