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The Japan Patent Office (JPO) provides professional English translations of trial/appeal decisions, decisions on oppositions, and Hantei (advisory opinions on the scope of industrial property rights) categorized by type, field, or other attributes of a case that help in the understanding of the law and its operation, for the purpose of improving and enhancing the international reach and quality of information provided on industrial property rights applicable in Japan.

Last updated documents (November 2018)

Decisions added at this time are colored with yellow in the Excel file.

1. Patents and Utility Models


  • (A) Novelty
  • (B) Inventive Step
  • (C) Secret Prior Art
  • (D) Requirements for Description (Enablement etc.)
  • (E) Requirements for Claims (Support, Clarity etc.)
  • (F) Amendment before Grant
  • (G) Correction after Grant

(1) Appeals against the examiner's decision of refusal

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions Topics
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G)
Appeal 2016-016232 Japanese English            
Appeal 2016-016977 Japanese English        
Appeal 2017-002278 Japanese English            
Appeal 2017-006894 Japanese English          

(2) Trials for invalidation

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions Topics
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G)
Invalidation 2016-800046 Japanese English          

(3) Opposition to Grant of Patent

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions Topics
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G)
Opposition 2017-700204 Japanese English          
Opposition 2017-700545 Japanese English          

(4) Hantei (Advisory opinions on the scope of industrial property rights)

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions
Hantei 2017-600043 Japanese English

2. Designs

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions
Appeal 2017-013365 Japanese English

3. Trademarks

JPO Docket Numbers Decisions Topics
Distinctiveness Unregistrable
Appeal 2016-001536 Japanese English  


[Last updated 7 November 2018]


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