Monday, October 11 2021   \  Published by Lexology.

Can Patent Applications be Examined or Patented in Japan Even After 20 Years From the Filing Date?

Can Patent Applications be Examined or Patented in Japan Even After 20 Years From the Filing Date?

The short answer is yes. A small number of cases with a filing date almost 19 to 20 years ago can be found at the JPO. I was curious whether such cases would continue to be examined or could even be granted after 20 years from the filing date. I have confirmed the following with the Japanese Patent Office (JPO): 

Even after 20 years from the effective filing date of a patent application, the JPO will continue to examine such patent applications. Even after 20 years from the effective filing date of a patent application has passed, it is possible to pay the patent fee and have a patent registered. Continue Reading

 

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