Friday, April 26 2024   \  Published by Shiga International Patent Office .

Japan: Implication of Patent Non-Disclosure System to Overseas Applicants

Japan: Implication of Patent Non-Disclosure System to Overseas Applicants

A non-disclosure system for patent applications will be introduced in Japan on May 1, 2024. This article outlines the new system and its impacts on filing activities of overseas applicants.

The Outline of the New System

System for non-disclosure of selected patent applications is stipulated in Chapter V of the Economic Security Promotion Act (hereinafter, referred to as “the Act”), which was enacted in May 2022. The Act was established with the aim of ensuring national security.

Under the new system, if the description etc. of a patent application includes an invention that, if made known to the public, would be highly likely to result in a significant risk of detrimental impact to the security of the nation and its citizens, the patent procedures, such as publication of the application, decision of patent and decision of rejection, are suspended by the procedure called “security designation.” Read more

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