Filing Requirements

Filing Type: National Phase Entry PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 30 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No
Language: Japanese
Translation Extension: Yes
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes: • The application must be filed by the 30-month deadline; however, the translation may be filed up to two months thereafter without penalty.

Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No
Language: Japanese
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred
Country Notes: • A certified copy of the Priority Document needs to be filed within 16 months from the earliest priority date (with details needed at filing).

• Priority certificate can be omitted if the basic application was filed in the US, EP or KR, or a priority certificate has already been lodged with the USPTO or EPO. A PCT/SB/39 document must be filed with the USPTO for the US data to be usable.

• The Japanese Patent Office accepts either Japanese language applications or English language applications followed by a Japanese translation within 14 months from the earliest priority date.

TMI Associates

Established: 1990

Number of Professional Staff: 988

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in Japan
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in Japan

TMI was established in 1990. The firm’s aim has been to create a unique law practice specializing in intellectual property rights offering unrivalled experience and results. TMI specialisms include patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, and copyrights.

Within the area of applications for intellectual property rights, and with a particular focus on patents, TMI offers a premium capability to handle domestic and foreign applications in all technical fields. A team of expert specialists cover a wide range of industries including mechanical, electrical and semiconductor, chemical and materials, bio and pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, energy and environmental technology and software and I.T.

The firm also has the capability to handle domestic and foreign applications of designs and trademarks in all fields through specialists in each area of expertise. TMI places an imperative on deadline management and administrative work, managed by the latest systems and highly experienced paralegals and support staff of various nationalities. The firm has, over its’ 30-years history, won the trust of clients inside and outside Japan, placing a high focus on maintaining a working knowledge of the latest legal trends and an ability to handle complex cases.

Specialities

• Biotechnology
• Chemistry
• Control Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Foods
• Information and Communication Technology
• Materials
• Mechanical Engineering
• Medical Device
• Pharmaceuticals
• Semiconductors

Contact Information

Mail

23rd Floor, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6123,
JAPAN

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Shinjyu GLOBAL IP

Established: 1988

Number of Professional Staff: 90

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in Japan

Shinjyu GLOBAL IP is one of the most international boutique IP firms in Japan, with around 25 Japanese patent attorneys, as well as patent attorneys from the United States, China and Korea. The firm has been assisting clients in all aspects of intellectual property rights across all technology fields for more than 25 years.

Shinjyu’s professional staff understands the differences between various jurisdictions. Their experience positions the firm to understand and predict the challenges faced by non-Japanese clients when entering the Japanese market. The firm can therefore customize its services to a client’s needs and offer effective and appropriate advice to non-Japanese clients.

To guarantee transparency in services and excellent client relationships, each client is assigned to a dedicated patent attorney (or a dedicated team of several patent attorneys), who is responsible for all of the client’s needs, from new filing, to appeal, to invalidation opinions.

Specialities

• Artificial Intelligence
• Biotechnology
• Chemistry
• Electrical & Electronics
• Information Technology
• Material
• Mechanical
• Pharmaceuticals
• Software
• Telecommunications

Contact Information

Mail

11th Floor, South Forest Bldg,
1-4-19 Minamimori-machi,
Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0054,
Japan

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Kita-Aoyama International Patent Bureau

Established: 1993

Number of Professional Staff: 12

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in Japan
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in Japan

Kita-Aoyama International Patent Bureau (KIPB) is a specialist IP firm providing a complete range of personalized, client-oriented services related to the prosecution and enforcement of both domestic and international intellectual property rights.

KIPB has been partnering with RWS and working with the inovia platform since 2003 and has filed thousands of incoming patent applications with the JPO in that time with a high rate of success.

KIPB’s internationally experienced specialists fully appreciate how to articulate Japanese IP laws and practices for a global client base. The firm is equally adept at handling the IP needs of large multinational corporations as well as working with smaller start-ups and organizations in a clear and cost-effective manner. A specific policy at KIPB is to contact and discuss possible strategies and proposed amendments with examiners before official submission, which facilitates smoother prosecution.

Specialities

• Biotechnology
• Chemical Science
• Electrical & Electronics
• Information Technology
• Mechanical
• Medical Device
• Metallurgical Engineering
• Pharmaceutical
• Semiconductor Technology

Contact Information

Mail

Machida Building B1F,
2-11-15 Kita-Aoyama,
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107-0061,
Japan

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Website

www.kipb.net/en