Asia Patent Alliance

Frequently Asked Questions

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APA Organization
  • Who is the Asia Patent Alliance?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many applications have you handled to date?
  • Are there any particular fields that you receive the most applications for?
  • What areas do you specialize in?
  • How do you handle conflicts of interest with applications from competing firms?
  • What are the benefits of going through the APA?
  • How much do I save by using APA instead of going to each individual firm?
  • Are your fees negotiable?
  • Is it possible to use the APA without going through a local attorney?
  • Can I visit your office for an interview?
  • Tsubame (Japanese patent attorney office)
  • What services does the Tsubame Patent Attorney Firm offer?
  • What areas do you specialize in?
  • How many cases do you handle?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • How many staff does your firm employ?
  • How many registered attorneys does your firm have?
  • Who handles communications at Tsubame?
  • Obtaining a Patent Right in Japan
  • How difficult is it to successfully file a patent in Japan?
  • Are filing fees in Japan expensive?
  • Does it take long to get a patent in Japan?
  • Filing Procedures
  • What do I need to file my application?
  • When is the deadline to file the patent documents?
  • Is it possible to provide a translation that we have prepared?
  • When do we receive copies of the national phase applications?
  • When is the deadline for payment?