On September 21, 2023, the JPO announced that, in order to strengthen the structure of the AI Examination Support Team, it will increase the number of AI officers from about 10 to about 40 and assign one AI officer to every examination office, effective October 1, 2023.
On October 5, 2023, the Patent Office updated the individual fees under the Protocol to the Madrid Agreement between Canada and the European Union.
On October 2, 2023, the JPO announced that it will revise the search fees for applications filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore after November 1, 2023.
On September 1, 2023, the JPO announced that it is developing a system and preparing related laws and regulations in preparation for the systemization of online document dispatch, which is scheduled to begin operating.
According to the revised Special Law, a specified notice, etc. sent online is deemed to have reached the applicant when 10 days have elapsed without the applicant receiving it, from the date when the applicant becomes able to receive it using Internet filing software, and the date of dispatch becomes fixed.
On August 30, 2023, the Japan Patent Office announced that it will provide a function on its patent information platform; J-Platpat, to display and search information on the legal status of patents.
Patent applications filed with the Japan Patent Office on or after January 1, 1998 are eligible, with the first phase release scheduled for September 10, 2023.
Subsequent releases will follow in phases.
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