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The Act on the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts (Act No. 36 of May 14, 2014)

May 2014
Japan Patent Office

On March 11, 2014, the Cabinet approved the Bill for the Act on the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts. This Act was passed into law on April 25, 2014 and was promulgated as Act No. 36 on May 14.

The Act’s effective date, which will be prescribed in the Cabinet Order, is a date within one year’s time of the Act being promulgated with following exceptions:

  • The effective date of expanding the scope of entities eligible to register the regional collective trademarks, which will be prescribed in the Cabinet Order, is a date within three months’ time of the Act being promulgated.
  • The effective date of provisions to properly implement the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs is the date on which the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs will come into effect in Japan.

[Last updated 19 May 2014]

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