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How to Make the Demand to the Japan Patent Office in Its Capacity as an International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA/JP)

1. The JPO acts as a competent International Preliminary Examination Authority for any international applications under the PCT, which meet the following conditions:

  • (a)The international search was carried out by the ISA/JP; and
  • (b)The applicant of the international application submits a Demand (form PCT/IPEA/401) to the JPO as the competent IPEA (IPEA/JP) within the deadline stipulated under PCT Rule 54bis.

2. Submission of Demand (form PCT/IPEA/401) to the IPEA/JP

The demand shall be in the language of the international application or, if a translation of the international application was required, the demand shall be in the language of the translation.

  • (a)A Demand (form PCT/IPEA/401) must be submitted from the applicant to the IPEA/JP directly by registered mail or via courier service to the address indicated in paragraph (c) below. E-mail or facsimile submissions are not acceptable.
  • (b)If the applicant requests the IPEA/JP to take into account any amendments made to the international application, the applicant is required to indicate the statement about the amendments, in the Demand, and submit with the Demand a copy of the amendments to the claims under PCT Article 19 and/or the amendments to the international application under PCT Article 34 (PCT Rule 53.9).
  • (c)The full address for mailing a Demand:
    Office for International Applications under the PCT (IPEA/JP: Demand)
    Application Division
    Japan Patent Office
    3-4-3, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8915, Japan

3. Payment of the fees to the IPEA/JP

Please refer to "How to Pay Fees to ISA/JP or IPEA/JP from Outside Japan" on the JPO Website.

4. Contact Us

If you have any questions about how to make a Demand, please e-mail us at PA1A31@jpo.go.jp.

[Last updated 30 September 2016]

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Japan Patent Office

Address: 3-4-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8915, Japan

E-mail:PA1A31@jpo.go.jp

Fax: +81-3-3501-0659

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