Patent System in Japan

On October 5, 2023, JPO has been conducting the I-OPEN PROJECT since 2021 with the aim of supporting startups, non-profit corporations and individuals working to solve social challenges in making use of intellectual property.

On October 2, 2023, Aiming to ascertain IP users’ opinions and reflect them in its quality management initiatives, the Japan Patent Office has been conducting User Satisfaction Surveys on Examination Quality every fiscal year.

On September 27, 2023, the JPO announced that the procedures for applying the exception to loss of novelty for designs will be expanded.

On September 20, 2023, the JPO announced that all applications to be submitted to the Office that are not currently eligible for electronic filing will be able to file electronically in the future.
The new system will be released after January 2024, pending the enforcement of relevant laws and regulations.

On October 4, 2023, the Cabinet Office of Japan held a meeting to discuss intellectual property rights in the age of AI.

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