Japanese Patent Practice

JPR provides information of Japanese patent practice. The details are as follows.

IT patent practiceLinks
Examination Handbook for Computer Software-Related Inventions Click
Examination guidelines pertinent to IoT patent Click
Case examples of examination guidelines for IoT patent Click
How to search Japanese patent applications in English (subject: Apple's flexible display, keyword: English) Click
How to search Japanese patent applications in English (subject: Apple's flexible display, keyword: Japanese) Click
Medical device patent practiceLinks
Method for controlling the operation of a medical device meets the requirement of industrial applicability (meanwhile, method for surgery, therapy or diagnosis of humans does not meet the requirement) Click
An examiner does not consider a limitation of "for use in..." in medical device claims Click
Pharmaceutical patent practiceLinks
How to write claims regarding methods of treating a disease Click
The limitation of "for use in..." in typical European medical use claims does not contribute to patentability Click
<Article> Case Study: Recently Granted Epitope-Based Antibody Patents in the United States, Europe and Japan Click
<Article> Case Study: Are the Terms ‘Antibody Derivative’ and ‘Bispecific Antibody’ Described in Dependent Claims or Specification of Antibody Patents? Click
Invalidation trials against Ono’s anti-PD-1 antibody patents and anti-PD-L1 antibody patents were filed in Japan Click
History of Avastin (anti-VEGF antibody)-related patents and biosimilar approval Click
Circumstances of Amgen's Repatha (anti-PCSK9 antibody)-related patents Click
List of invalidation trials and oppositions against Biopharmaceutical patents filed between May 2017 and May 2019 Click
Examination Handbook for Medicinal Inventions Click
Examination Handbook for Biological Inventions Click
Patent Law regarding patent term extension in the pharmaceutical field Click
List of patent term extension applications and drugs (on or before 2000) Click
List of patent term extension applications and drugs (2001-2005) Click
List of patent term extension applications and drugs (2006-2010) Click
List of patent term extension applications and drugs (2011-2015) Click
List of patent term extension applications and drugs (2016-2019) Click

General information

Japanese patent practice (not limited to technical fields)Links
Multiple dependent claim is acceptable Click
Flow of procedures for a patent application and a divisional application after notification of 1st OA in Japan Click
Restriction of amendment of claims after the Final OA or Examiner's decision of refusal is issued Click
Additional experimental data to submit in response to office action Click
Examination Guidelines regarding Eligibility for Patent and Industrial Applicability Click
Case examples of industrial applicability of the invention Click
Examination Guidelines regarding use application ("for use in...") Click
Examination Guidelines regarding Amendment Adding New Matter Click
Examination Handbook regarding Product-by-process claim Click
Examples of appeals against the examiner's decision of refusal Click
Examples of oppositions Click
Examples of invalidation trials Click
Examples of advisory opinions by JPO under Article 71 Click
Japanese patent systemLinks
Flowchart of procedures for obtaining a Japanese patent via PCT Click
Deadline for PCT national phase entry into Japan Click
New fee reduction system:  From April 1, 2019, an applicant can more easily receive a reduction in examination request fee and patent fee Click
Outline of accelerated examination and accelerated appeal examination Click
Half Refund System on Examination Request Fees Click
Grace period system in Japan (exception to loss of novelty) Click
Outline of the System of Opposition to Grant of Patent in Japan Click
Japanese Patent Act Click
Japan Patent Office Fee Schedule (JPO website) Click
Japanese National Holidays for 2019 Click