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Examination Guidelines for Design

  • The column of [Partial Design] in the application is not required for applications filed on or after May 1, 2019.
    For details, please refer to the Statement in the column of [Partial Design] in the application is not required
  • In this revised Examination Guidelines for Design, Part I, Chapter 2 “4. Notice of reasons for refusal (excluding international applications for design registration)” applies to applications for design registration requiring procedures within the designated time limit that elapses on or after April 1, 2021, Part VII “2.4 Procedure for priority claim under the Paris Convention” applies to applications for design registration requiring the submission of the priority documents within the statuary time limit that elapses on or after April 1, 2021, Part VII “2.2 Period for filing an application in Japan with a priority claim under the Paris Convention” applies to applications for design registration in Japan that are filed claiming priority on or after April 1, 2021 and the other parts apply to applications for design registration that are filed on or after April 1, 2021.
  • For the Examination Guidelines for Design applied to applications filed on or before March 31, 2020, please refer to the “Examination Guidelines for Design before revision on April 1, 2020 (PDF: 6,485KB)
  • Examination Guidelines for Design (all) (PDF: 9,776KB)

Contents

Part I Outline of Examination

Part II Finding of the Design and Filing an Application for Each Design

Part III Requirements for Design Registration

Part IV Individual Applications for Design Registration

Part V Related Design (PDF: 872KB)

Part VI Amendment

Part VII Advantage of the Priority under the Paris Convention (PDF:260KB)

Part VIII Special Application

Part IX International Application for Design Registration

Part X Others

[Last updated 20 April 2021]

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