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Patent attorneyss in Japan

Aihara & Associates is a patent firm. We are located in Tokyo, Japan.

Patent application in Japan

We specialize in providing a comprehensive Intellectual Property service for International Patents particularly Japanese Patents. We provide a comprehensive and reliable service for filling a patent application with an emphasis on meeting our clients' needs and exceeding their expectations.

Our services

Our practices are specialized for patent and trademark issues. We support your prior art search, international licensing and technology transfer support in Japan, and so forth.
We provide our clients with legal advice and opinions concerning the procedure and use of patents and trademarks.

In particular, we are specializing in the field of the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, life sciences, medicines and medical devices.

We have considerable experience and expertise in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a wide variety of fields and technologies. Our attorneys have diverse technical backgrounds and experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the following fields:

  • Chemistry, Life sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology, Medical Device
  • DNA, RNA, iRNA, Proteins
  • Microarrays, Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Nanotechnology, Microfluidics
  • Instrumentation, Mechanical Device
  • Business Methods, Softwares
  • Mechanical and Control Systems
  • Materials, Metallurgical Science

Entry into national phase from a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent application in Japan

A PCT application doesn't automatically lead to global patent protection. Instead, you eventually need to apply for patents in each of the countries and regions where you wish to pursue patent protection.

We provide a range of services for patent outside of Japan. We assist our clients in filing a patent application in Japan through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) route. We are happy to accept PCT National Phase entry applications from foreign associates. We have clients that use our services from all over the world. The attorneys at our office have considerable experience with entry into the national phase from PCT applications in Japan.

We offer our services to the patent firms located outside of Japan that has filed a PCT application on behalf of the firm's client and now wishes to enter the national phase in Japan but also to the corporate applicants or individuals located outside of Japan that has filed its own PCT application and now wishes to enter the national phase in Japan.

We also provide leading-edge translation services for filling a patent application in Japan. In order to advance a PCT international application into the national phase in Japan, Japanese translations of the PCT international application must be submitted. Our patent attorneys with backgrounds specializing in the relevant technical field complete your translations.

Latest Info

June 28, 2012Japanese Patent Law
Expansion of Scope of Exception to Lack of Novelty of Invention
June 21, 2012Japanese Patent Law
Remedial Measures for Misappropriated Applications
June 6, 2012Japanese Patent Law
A System of Automatic Perfection
March 19, 2012Japanese Patent Law
JAPANESE IP LAW REFORM 2011
July 1, 2009Japanese Patent Law
JPAA website

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Expansion of Scope of Exception to Lack of Novelty of Invention

The scope of exception to lack of novelty of an invention in Japan was expanded under the revised law.

The invention that have become publicly known as a result of an act of the person having the right to obtain a patent can be protected as exception to lack of novelty (Section 30(2) of the Japanese Patent Law).

As a result, the invention that have become publicly known through forms of publication, broadcasting and telecommunications can be protected in Japan.

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2012/06/28 | Comments Closed |

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Remedial Measures for Misappropriated Applications

Under the revised law, when a patent right is granted on a misappropriated application (such as an application which is filed by a person who is not the true inventor or only a part of co-inventors), a true inventor or a rightful assignee of the invention (a person who has the right to obtain a patent) can request a person who has filed the misappropriated application to transfer the patent right (Section 74 of the Japanese Patent Law). 

Once the patent right has been transferred to the true right owner, the patent right is deemed to have been belonged to the true owner from the beginning.

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2012/06/21 | Comments Closed |

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A System of Automatic Perfection

Registration System of Non-exclusive License was abolished by the Japanese Patent Law Reform 2011.
Licensees are protected without registration.

Thus, licensees without registration can assert their licenses against transferees if a patent or an exclusive license is transferred to others.

The same kind of system was introduced for provisional non-exclusive licenses.

 

*Provisional non-exclusive license is the license which is granted for inventions when a patent application is pending.

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2012/06/06 | Comments Closed |

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JAPANESE IP LAW REFORM 2011

The “Act on Partial Revision of the Patent Act, etc.” was issued on June 8, 2011.

The amendments aim at developing systems that assure the proper protection/exploitation of IP.

Thereby achieve growth in the Japanese economy through innovation. The law will come into effect on April 1, 2012.

Outline of the Legal Amendments by the bill is as follows:
1) Review of the System of Perfection of a Non-Exclusive License, etc.

2) Development of Remedial Measures for Misappropriated Applications, etc.

3) Prohibition on Filing with the JPO a Request for a Correction Trial after Filing with the IP High Court a Lawsuit to Rescind a Trial Decision

4) Restriction on Assertions in Retrial of a Court Judgment in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

5) Development of Provisions on the Scope of a JPO Trial Decision that Has Become Final and Binding, etc.

6) Abolition of the (Double Jeopardy) Effect, on Third Parties, of a Final and Binding Trial Decision in a Patent Invalidation Trial

7) Review of Fees

8) Review of Provision on Exception to Lack of Novelty of Invention, etc.

9) Review of Relief Procedures for Applicants and Patentees

10) Abolition of Provision on Refusal of a Trademark Application within One Year from the Date of the Extinguishment of a Another Person’s Trademark Right

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2012/03/19 | Comments Closed |

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JPAA website

JPAA (Japan Patent Attorneys Association) disclose their website in English.

Attorneys of Ichinose & Aihara are also member of JPAA.
An applicant who does not have domicile/residence in Japan should designate a Japanese patent attorney (member of JPAA) as his/her/its representative.

You can see information about Patent, Trademark and Design in Japan. Foe example, Patenting Procedures through PCT Route is explained in this website.

JPAA website

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2009/07/01 | Comments Closed |

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Japanese Patent – Appeal against the Decision of Rejection

Appeal against the Decision of Rejection in Japan

In Japan, if an application has been finally rejected by the Examiner, the
only available action which remains in connection with the patent application
is to lodge an appeal from the Decision of Rejection.

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2009/06/24 | Comments Closed |

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