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Outline of Accelerated Examination and Accelerated Appeal Examination

The accelerated examination system/accelerated appeal examination system is a system enabling an examination to be conducted more quickly than under the regular examination upon the applicants' or appellants' request.

1. Advantages of requesting for accelerated examination/accelerated appeal examination

Compared to the regular examination system, examination results under accelerated system come out more quickly. The average FA pendency under the accelerated system is about 1.9 months (in 2012), which is much shorter than under the regular system.

Also, where an accelerated appeal examination is requested, an appeal decision is made and dispatched within 3.3 months (on average) from the date that accelerated appeal examination is requested and appeal proceeding becomes possible. (in 2012).

(*) The technical fields are shown with the International Patent Classification (partly with the File Index).

2. Applications/Appeals eligible for the accelerated examination system

Currently, the system can be applied to the following six types of applications and appeals against an examiners' decision of refusal for the applications:

  • i) Working-related applications;
  • ii) Internationally-filed applications;
  • iii) Applications filed by SMEs, individuals, universities, public research institutes etc.;
  • iv) Green-technology related applications;
  • v) Earthquake Disaster Recovery Support-related applications
  • vi) The Asian Business Location Law-related applications.

(Notes)

Patent applications falling under the categories below are eligible for the accelerated examination system or accelerated appeal examination system.

i) "Working-related applications"

Applications filed by an applicant or a licensee who has already commercialized the invention or plans to commercialize the invention within two years from the filing date of a request for accelerated examination.

ii) "Internationally-filed applications"

  • a) Applications that have been filed with both the JPO and at least one of foreign IP Offices;
  • b) Applications that have been filed with the IP Office as the Receiving Office under the PCT and then entered into the national phase in Japan; and
  • c) Applications that have been filed with the JPO as domestic applications and also filed with the Receiving Office under the PCT.

iii) "Applications filed by SMEs, individuals, universities, public research institutes etc."

Applicants of an invention, in whole or in part, are SMEs, individuals, universities or public research institutes, approved TLOs, or authorized TLOs.

iv) "Green-related applications"

This type covers such patent applications that intend to obtain a patent of “green invention (a kind of invention that has an energy-saving effect and contributes to CO2 reduction)”

v) "Earthquake Disaster Recovery Support-related applications"

This program can be applied to patent applications related with the aforementioned applications that fall under (a) or (b) as follows.

  • a) Applications by all or some of applicants who have an address or temporary residence in the specified affected areas (See Reference) and applications by people affected by the earthquake.
  • b) If the applicant is an incorporated entity, and the incorporated entity’s business establishment in the specified affected areas suffers damages from the earthquake and related disasters, and the applicant intends to file an application for an invention related with business operations of such business establishments as the invention that is created or licensed as business operations of such business establishment.

vi) " The Asian Business Location Law-related applications."

Applications relating to the technology invented as the result of R&D activities accredited by the Asian Business Location Law.

vii) *The accelerated appeal examination only.

An appeal related to an application in which a person who is not an appellant (third party) has exploited the invention as a business after the publication of the appeal case before an appeal decision has been made.

3. Applicants eligible for the accelerated examination/accelerated appeal examination

The procedure to apply for the accelerated (appeal) examination is required to be carried out in Japanese. Any applicant (appellant) for the accelerated (appeal) examination who has neither an address nor domicile in Japan is required to follow the procedure through a representative who has either an address or domicile in Japan (e.g. Japanese patent attorney). And a third party is unable to request for the accelerated (appeal) examination on another persons’ application or appeal.

4. Procedure for the accelerated examination and accelerated appeal examination

  • (i) A request for an accelerated (appeal) examination will be made by submitting a “Written explanation of the needs of the accelerated (appeal) examination”. It is necessary to describe circumstances related to a filing of an accelerated (appeal) examination, disclosures of the prior art documents and explanations of the comparisons with the invention and the prior art, etc. in the “Written explanation of the needs of the accelerated (appeal) examination”
    Guidelines for the Accelerated Examination and Accelerated Appeal Examination for Patent Applications (in Japanese)(PDF:502KB)
  • (ii) Request for an accelerated (appeal) examination is free of charge.

5. Records of use (Accelerated Examination)

Records of use (Accelerated Examination)

6. Links to other measures

For those who wish to receive examination results more quickly: Outline of Super Accelerated Examination

For those who want to obtain a patent quickly in a foreign country, or who have already obtained one: PPH (the Patent Prosecution Highway)

Reference

List of Specified Affected Areas

Aomori Prefecture

Hachinohe City, Oirase Town (Kamikita-gun)

Iwate Prefecture

All municipalities

Miyagi Prefecture

All municipalities

Fukushima Prefecture

All municipalities

Ibaraki Prefecture

Mito City, Hitachi City, Tsuchiura City, Ishioka City, Ryugasaki City, Shimotsuma City, Joso City, Hitachi-Ota City, Takahagi City, Kita-Ibaraki City, Kasama City, Toride City, Ushiku City, Tsukuba City, Hitachinaka City, Kashima City, Itako City, Hitachi-Omiya City, Kasumigaura City, Sakuragawa City, Kamisu City, Namegata City, Hokota City, Tsukubamirai City, Omitama City, Ibaraki Town (Higashi-Ibaraki-gun), Oarai Town (Higashi-Ibaraki-gun), Shirosato Town (Higashi-Ibaraki-gun), Tokai Village (Naka-gun), Daigo Town (Kuji-gun), Ami Town (Inashiki-gun), Naka City, Miho Village (Inashiki-gun), Kawachi Town (Inashiki-gun), Chikusei City, Inashiki City, and Tone Town (Kita-Soma-gun)

Tochigi Prefecture

Utsunomiya City, Oyama City, Maoka City, Ohtawara City, Yaita City, Nasu-Shiobara City, Sakura City, Nasukarasuyama City, Mashiko Town (Haga-gun), Motegi Town (Haga-gun), Ichikai Town (Haga-gun), Haga Town (Haga-gun), Takanezawa Town (Shioya-gun), Nasu Town (Nasu-gun), and Nakagawa Town (Nasu-gun)

Chiba Prefecture

Asahi City, Katori City, Sanmu City, Kujukuri Town (Sanbu-gun), Mihama-ku (Chiba City), Narashino City, Abiko City, and Urayasu City

Niigata Prefecture

Tokamachi City, Joetsu City, and Tsunan Town (Naka-Uonuma-gun)

Nagano Prefecture

Sakae Village (Shimominochi-gun)

[Last updated 10 July 2013]

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