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Home > International topics > JPO as ISA/IPEA > JPO Further Increases Its Competence to Act in the Capacity as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for PCT International Applications

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JPO Further Increases Its Competence to Act in the Capacity as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for PCT International Applications

December 2016
Japan Patent Office

Updates

The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Kingdom of Cambodia

1. Purpose:

With an increasing number of Japanese companies creating their R&D centers in emerging markets such as ASEAN member states, their intellectual property activities in these countries are becoming more important than ever. As a result, the need is rising for Japanese businesses to ensure that their inventions are appropriately acquired and protected as patent rights in these countries.

The JPO has held international discussions to increase its competency to act as an ISA and IPEA for PCT applications received by IP offices of other countries or filed with the International Bureau (IB) by such countries’ nationals or residents, so that it could contribute to facilitating the development of global business activities.

2. Usage and JPO’s competence (As of December 2016)

When choosing the JPO as ISA:

When applicants file their applications with IP offices, which act as receiving Offices listed below, or the IB, they are required to indicate “the Japan Patent Office (ISA/JP)” in Box No. VII International Searching Authority in their PCT requests (Form PCT/RO/101).

When choosing the JPO as IPEA:

Applicants must file their PCT demands (Form PCT/IPEA/401) directly with the JPO. In this connection, however, such requests are limited only to PCT applications for which the JPO has prepared international search reports.

[Countries and languages where the JPO is a competent ISA and IPEA]

Receiving Offices/Countries

Languages accepted by the receiving Office

Languages where the JPO is a competent ISA and IPEA

Procedures for filing with each office acting as the receiving Office (To WIPO website)

IB

Any language

Depending on the residence and nationality of the applicant

<PDF 30KB>( External link )

Japan Patent Office (JPO)

Japanese or English

Japanese or English

<PDF 19KB>( External link )

Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

Japanese, Korean or English

Japanese

<PDF 20KB>( External link )

Intellectual Property Office of Philippines (IPOPHIL)

English or Filipino

English

<PDF 19KB>( External link )

Department of Intellectual Property (DIP)
Ministry of Commerce (Thailand)

English or Thai

English

<PDF 16KB>( External link )

National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) (Viet Nam)

English or Russian

English

<PDF 19KB>( External link )

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

English

English

<PDF 13KB>( External link )

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)

English

English

<PDF 20KB>( External link )

Directorate General of Intellectual Property
(DGIP)(Indonesia)

English

English

<PDF 13KB>( External link )

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

English

English

<PDF 50KB>( External link )

Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO)

English

English

<PDF 33KB>( External link )

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

*

English

<PDF 99KB>( External link )

Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia (MIH)

English or Khmer

English

<PDF 84KB>( External link )

*: The JPO acts as a competent ISA and IPEA in respect of international applications filed at the IB by nationals or residents of the Lao PDR because its national IP office is not competent as a receiving Office. The applicants can refer to the procedure for filing with the IB acting as the receiving Office.

With regard to competence to act as an ISA and IPEA for PCT international applications worldwide, please refer to the WIPO website at

http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/access/isa_ipea_agreements.html( External link ).

[Latest update history]

Date of update

Updated content

Note

Dec 8, 2016 The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Kingdom of Cambodia Started on:
Dec. 8, 2016
Dec 21, 2015 The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Press Release on the METI Web Site, Japanese page only)(External link) Started on:
Jan. 1, 2016
Sep 29, 2015

The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Brunei Darussalam (Press Release on the METI Web Site, Japanese page only) External link)

Started on:
Oct. 1, 2015

May 22, 2015

JPO to Commence the Collaborative Search with the USPTO (Press Release on the METI Web Site)(External link)

Started on:
Jul. 1, 2015

[Last updated 15 February 2017]

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