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Foreign Right Holders can Renew Patents through Direct Payment FAQ

The direct payment by right holders residing outside of Japan has been implemented from April 1st 2016 according to the Japanese Patent Law amendment. The followings are related FAQs.

For more information, please refer to “Foreign Right Holders can Renew Patents through Direct Payment”

  1. May I pay patent registration fee directly to the JPO?
  2. How do I submit the payment form?
  3. Can I submit a copy of the payment confirmations in case of paying into a Japanese government account?
  4. Can I use a credit card or debit card to make a payment?
  5. I received a notification concerning patent annuity fee payment (e.g., the fee has not paid in full). What should I do?
  6. How can I confirm the procedure completion?
  7. What should I do in case that the patent fees were paid in excess?
  8. May I cancel the payment?
  9. May I pay annual patent fees for more than two patents in one payment sheet?

1. May I pay patent registration fee directly to the JPO?

No, the JPO does NOT accept the direct payment of patent registration fee from oversea residents. The JPO also does NOT accept the direct payment of registration/annual (renewal) fees for utility models, industrial designs, trademark, from oversea residents

2. How do I submit the payment form?

You may submit the payment form only by mail to the following address;

  • Japan Patent Office
  • 3-4-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8915, Japan

Please note that the JPO does not accept the payment form by e-mail nor fax.

3. Can I submit a copy of the payment confirmations in case of paying into a Japanese government account?

In principle, you are required to attach the original one.

4. Can I use a credit card or debit card to make a payment?

No, you cannot use credit card nor debit card to make a payment.

5. I received a notification concerning patent annuity fee payment (e.g., the fee has not paid in full). What should I do?

You may submit the amendment through a representative residing in Japan within 30 days from the date of sending the notification. Where the amendment has not been made within the above time limit, the payment will be dismissed. Please make sure that the amendment should be made by a representative residing in Japan.

6. How can I confirm the procedure completion?

The JPO send a payment receipt to the payer in about 2 months from submission of the payment form.

7. What should I do in case that the patent fees were paid in excess?

You may request the refund of patent fees paid. The request for refund of patent fees should be made by a representative residing in Japan within 1 year from the date of payment.

8. May I cancel the payment?

No, you may not cancel the payment.

9. May I pay annual patent fees for more than two patents in one payment sheet?

No, you may not. You should submit a payment form for each patent right.


[Last updated 12 September 2016]

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