Patent System in Japan

On June 14, 2021, the Japan Patent Office began accepting applications for companies to participate in the Intellectual Property Acceleration Program (IPAS) for fiscal year 2021.
Details are as follows.

On June 11, 2021, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that following the promulgation of the "Cabinet Order to Amend a Portion of the Cabinet Order Related to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to Revise Procedures Requiring a Seal, etc." and the "Ministerial Ordinance to Amend a Portion of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Patent Registration Order, etc." including the Patent Registration Order, a seal will no longer be required for some procedures in documents submitted to the JPO on or after June 12, 2021.

On June 11, 2021, the JPO has Updated information on remedies based on "reasons of force majeure" and "good cause" when prescribed procedures are affected by COVID-19.

On May 17, 2021, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) disclosed that the "Draft Law for Partial Revision of the Patent Law, etc.," which was passed and enacted on May 10, 2018, was promulgated as Law No. 3 on May 17, 2021.

On April 30, 2021, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) published a report that examines and analyzes patent information, etc. on seven technological themes, including "machine translation," "smart agriculture," "Mobility as a service (MaaS)," and "plastic resource recycling," which are cutting-edge fields that are expected to create and expand markets in the future.

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