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Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan

Followings are the English texts of the Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan. When any ambiguity of interpretation is found in this provisional translation, the Japanese text shall prevail.

The following Examination Guidelines will be effective on and after October 1, 2015.(Revision History

The previous Examination Guidelines remain effective on examination conducted on and before September 30, 2015.

Applicable periods and applications of these Guidelines

Handling Procedures for Examinations involving Product-by-process Claims

Please visit this page for the text in Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan applied to examination on the applications for registration of patent term extension of the patent applications filed on or before March 9, 2020.

Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan (download all) (PDF:6,989KB)

Contents

Part I Outline of Examination

Part II Description and Claims

Part III Patentability

Part IV Amendments of Description, Claims or Drawings

Part V Priority

Part VI Special Application

Part VII Foreign Language Written Application

Part VIII International Patent Application

Part IX Extension of Patent Term

Part X Utility Model

[Last updated 10 March 2020]

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Japan Patent Office

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