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Dear Clients, We are pleased to announce that we, Asia Patent Alliance, has set up our head office in Hong Kong as Asia Patent Alliance Co., Ltd Hong Kong to further improve service. The Hong Kong head office will be mainly responsible for financial management. We believe that we can greatly... Tell me more...
 

 Regarding the Response Period of International Trademark Registrations (Madrid Protocol) in Japan, China and Korea Regarding the Response Period of International Trademark Registrations (Madrid Protocol) in Japan, China and Korea

Under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”), a trademark holder who submitted and registered a trademark with the Office of one of the contracting countries may designate, on the basis of the original... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in January 2017 Notice of Allowance in January 2017

Notice of Allowance issued on 8 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of engineering, production, chemistry, machinery, communication technology and physics in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 2 design applications represented by our firm in Japan. Notice of Allowance... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in December 2016 Notice of Allowance in December 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 13 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of engineering, production, medical engineering, chemistry, machinery and physics in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 1 design application represented by our firm in Japan. ... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in November 2016 Notice of Allowance in November 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 17 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of manufacturing, chemistry, physics, communication technology, engineering and mechanical engineering in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 3 design applications represented by our firm in... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in October 2016 Notice of Allowance in October 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 9 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of communication technology, engineering and mechanical engineering in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 2 design applications represented by our firm in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 16 trademark... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in September 2016 Notice of Allowance in September 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 5 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of medical technology, production and chemistry in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 5 design applications represented by our firm in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 10 trademark applications... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in August 2016 Notice of Allowance in August 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 12 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of business, production, physics biotechnology, nanotechnology and communication technology in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 8 trademark applications represented by our firm in Japan. Notice of... Tell me more...
 

 Notice of Allowance in July 2016 Notice of Allowance in July 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on 10 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of business, medical technology, production, physics biotechnology and communication technology in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 1 design application represented by our firm in Japan. Notice of... Tell me more...
 

 The Dos and Don'ts of Filing a Divisional Application in Japan The Dos and Don'ts of Filing a Divisional Application in Japan

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) allows divisional applications, but it is important to be cautious of the strict rules concerning deadlines. A divisional application can be filed when amendments to the description, claims or figures of a patent specification are allowed. Further, filing a... Tell me more...
 

 Our Holiday Notice Our Holiday Notice

We wish to inform you that both the Japan Patent Office and our firm will be closed on August 11 and August 12, 2016 due to the Japanese Obon-festival. If you have any urgent cases for actions during these days, please let us have your early instructions.  Tell me more...
 

 June 2016: Granted Patents (11), Design (1) and Trademarks (7) in Japan/Granted Patents (3) in China/Granted Patent (1) in Korea June 2016: Granted Patents (11), Design (1) and Trademarks (7) in Japan/Granted Patents (3) in China/Granted Patent (1) in Korea

Notice of Allowance issued on 11 patent applications represented by our firm in the fields of medical technology, production, chemistry and communication technology in June 2016 in Japan. Notice of Allowance issued on 1 design application represented by our firm in June 2016 in Japan. Notice of... Tell me more...
 

 May 2016: Granted Patents (10), Design (3) and Trademarks (14) in Japan/Granted Patents (4) in China May 2016: Granted Patents (10), Design (3) and Trademarks (14) in Japan/Granted Patents (4) in China

Notice of Allowance issued on 10 patent applications represented by our firm in the field of production, chemistry, nanotechnology, physics and engineering in May 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on 3 design applications represented by our firm in May 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on 14... Tell me more...
 

 April 2016: Granted Patents (5), Design (1) and Trademarks (31) in Japan/Granted Patents (2) in China April 2016: Granted Patents (5), Design (1) and Trademarks (31) in Japan/Granted Patents (2) in China

Notice of Allowance issued on a CN patent application represented by our partner firm in the field of production on April 26, 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on a patent application represented by our firm in the field of production on April 26, 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on a... Tell me more...
 

 March 2016: Granted Patents (16), Trademarks (7) and Designs (2) in Japan/Granted Patents (2) and Design (1) in China March 2016: Granted Patents (16), Trademarks (7) and Designs (2) in Japan/Granted Patents (2) and Design (1) in China

Granted Patents (16), Trademarks (7) and Designs (2) in March 2016 in Japan Granted Patents (2) and Design (1) in March 2016 in China   Notice of Allowance issued on a patent application represented by our firm in the field of chemistry on March 30, 2016.   Notice of Allowance... Tell me more...
 

 Fees for Application in Japan to be reduced Fees for Application in Japan to be reduced

The Asia Patent Alliance is a full service intellectual property firm offering expertise assistance in the area of patent, design, trademark and so on for our clients in Japan, China and Korea. We are delighted to send you our newsletter of February 2016 which can be viewed below. It is about the... Tell me more...
 

 Granted Patents (14), Trademarks (9) and Designs (2) in February 2016 Granted Patents (14), Trademarks (9) and Designs (2) in February 2016

Notice of Allowance issued on a patent application represented by our firm in the field of engineering on February 23, 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on a patent application represented by our firm in the field of medical science on February 23, 2016. Notice of Allowance issued on a patent... Tell me more...
 

 A revision of the Chinese trademark law makes the prevention of unauthorized registration by third parties easier A revision of the Chinese trademark law makes the prevention of unauthorized registration by third parties easier

On May 01, 2015 a revision of the Chinese trademark law was implemented. This time we would like to explain about the prevention of unauthorized registration by third parties and related regulations. A regulation that prevents unauthorized registration by parties in a business relationship has been... Tell me more...
 

 Chinese trademark law revision - Part 3 Chinese trademark law revision - Part 3

A revision of the Chinese trademark law allows submissions of arguments and amendments by the applicant during examination process On May 01 2015 a revision of the Chinese trademark law was implemented.  A revision of the examination process (Article 29) introduces a system that puts more... Tell me more...
 

 Chinese trademark law revision - Part 2 Chinese trademark law revision - Part 2

Part 2 – A multiple class system for trademarks has been introduced in China On May 01, 2014 a revision of the Chinese trademark has been enforced. A system that only allowed one class per trademark has been changed to a system that allows multiple classes per mark. (Chinese Trademark Law... Tell me more...
 

 Chinese trademark law revision -Part 1 Chinese trademark law revision -Part 1

Part 1 - Sound trademarks are now accepted in China On May, 2014 a revision of the Chinese trademark has been enforced. Due to this revision sound trademarks have been accepted. (Chinese trademark Law Article 8, revised) In Japan also there was a trademark law revision in April 2014 and sound... Tell me more...
 

 A system for patent appeal has been established due to a revision of the Japanese patent law A system for patent appeal has been established due to a revision of the Japanese patent law

  In May 2014, a revision of the Japanese patent law established a system for patent appeal in addition to the already available invalidity system that has no time limit. The deadline for requesting such an appeal is 6 months from the grant of the patent, so this system allows fast security of... Tell me more...
 

 It is now possible to protect digital screen designs in China! It is now possible to protect digital screen designs in China!

  On May 1 2014, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (Sipo) revised the examination standard for design patents. Graphical user interfaces (GUI or digital screen designs) have been added to the protection scope of design patents. Recently several displays... Tell me more...
 

 New One-Point Lesson New One-Point Lesson

 We updated a new One-Point Lesson regarding protection of screen designs in Korea, China and Japan. It can be found here. Tell me more...
 

 Revision of our fees for requesting appeal trial in Japan Revision of our fees for requesting appeal trial in Japan

The APA has lowered the fees for requesting appeal trial greatly in order to make it easier for our clients to proceed to appeal stage. Especially when spending a lot of money and time on foreign filings we believe that it is not satisfying if the patent is not registered. Currently our registration... Tell me more...
 

 The JPO announces a revision of the examination standard for “amendments that shift the special technical features of the invention” The JPO announces a revision of the examination standard for “amendments that shift the special technical features of the invention”

  On June 26, 2013 the JPO announced a revision of the examination standard regarding “unity of the invention” and “amendments that shift of special technical features of the invention”. The revision will be applied to all applications examined from July 01 of the... Tell me more...
 

 Moving Notice Moving Notice

We would like to announce that the representative office of the APA will move in the beginning of September. Our new address will be: 6F. NBC Annex Ichigaya Bldg., 9-1, Ichigayafunagawara-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0826 Japan Our telephone number and e-mail address will remain the same,... Tell me more...
 

 New services to increase the quality of Japanese patent applications New services to increase the quality of Japanese patent applications

The APA now offers two new services to increase the quality of applications entering Japanese national phase: a "Prior patent search service"  and a "Voluntary amendment service".  The "Prior patent search service" aims for a strategic registration by searching Japanese patent literature... Tell me more...
 

 Holiday Notice Holiday Notice

We would like to announce that our office is closed from August 14 to 18 (Japanese time) due to Japanese Obon holidays. Emails received during our holiday will be replied to from August 19. We wish you nice summer holidays and as always look forward your questions or inquiries about patent and... Tell me more...
 

 Revision of the JPO examination standard regarding “Unity of the invention“ Revision of the JPO examination standard regarding “Unity of the invention“

  On June 26 2013 the JPO announced a revision of the examination standard regarding “Unity of the invention” and “Shift of Special Technical Features of the invention”. The revision will be applied to all applications examined from July 01 of the same year.  As... Tell me more...
 

 IP Law App from the APA IP Law App from the APA

  This time we have some news about the APA. We are proud to announce that the APA has developed an app that contains the patent law, design law, utility model law and trademark law of Japan, China and Korea in the original language and in a corresponding English translation. We are sure this... Tell me more...
 

 Enforcement of design rights becomes available for imported goods in Korea Enforcement of design rights becomes available for imported goods in Korea

Due to a revision of the Korean customs law patent rights and design rights can be enforced during custom procedures starting from July 2013. That means that in addition to the rights that can be enforced during custom procedures based on the current legislation (trademark rights, copyright, brand... Tell me more...
 

 Revision of the protection for design patents in Taiwan Revision of the protection for design patents in Taiwan

Like in the previous news, we would like to introduce revisions of the Taiwanese patent law that have been decided in the end of November in 2011. The law revision expanded and strengthened the protection of designs. Particularly the following protection systems have been implemented: 1 protection... Tell me more...
 

 Extension of term for filing divisional applications and new establishment of parallel filing of patents and utility models in Taiwan Extension of term for filing divisional applications and new establishment of parallel filing of patents and utility models in Taiwan

As the previous issue we would like to introduce revisions of the Taiwanese Patent Law that have in approved in the end of 2011. With the revision it became possible to file a divisional application within 30 days of the issuance of notification of allowance (notifications of allowance issued after... Tell me more...
 

 Revision of the Taiwanese Patent Law regarding acceptance of translation corrections Revision of the Taiwanese Patent Law regarding acceptance of translation corrections

  As in the previous news we would like to explain revisions of the Taiwanese patent law that have been approved in the end of 2011. This law revision allowed translation corrections and now for cases where foreign specifications have been submitted it is possible to amend the translation... Tell me more...
 

 Extension of the deadline for submission of the priority documents and regulations regarding the restoration of priority rights in Taiwan Extension of the deadline for submission of the priority documents and regulations regarding the restoration of priority rights in Taiwan

Like in the previous news, this time we would also like to explain revisions of the Taiwanese patent law that have been approved in the end of 2011. The deadline for submission of priority documents for applications claiming priority has been extended from “4 months from the filing date”... Tell me more...
 

 Holiday Notice Holiday Notice

Please note that our office will be closed from December 29, 2012 to January 6, 2013 due to year's holiday. All emails received in this time will be replied to after our holiday. Regarding urgent matters, we would appreciate if you could contact us until December 28 5:00 PM, Japanese time. (Please... Tell me more...
 

 Expansion of the eligibility for the exception to loss of novelty regulations in Taiwan Expansion of the eligibility for the exception to loss of novelty regulations in Taiwan
November 30, 2012
For applications filed from January 1, 2013 the eligibility for the exception of loss of novelty regulations will be expanded to printed publications. Further the exception regulations will not only be applied to judgment of novelty but also to the judgment of inventive step. With the current law... Tell me more...
 

 Start of patent annuity cost reduction service  Start of patent annuity cost reduction service 
October 26, 2012
  In Japan, Korea and China by deletion of unnecessary claims you can reduce the annuity cost for patens. The APA charges JPY 15,000 for payment of annuities and annuities deadline management in Japan. If you entrust us with payment and management of annuities until December 2012, we offer... Tell me more...
 

 We provide information about references cited during the examination process of the JPO We provide information about references cited during the examination process of the JPO
August 28, 2012
As a value added service the APA provides information about references cited during the examination process of the JPO. This means that we provide information about citations of your patent (patent application) that appeared during the examination of patent applications from third parties. This is... Tell me more...
 

 Most recent report about the number of patent applications in Japan and worldwide Most recent report about the number of patent applications in Japan and worldwide
July 30, 2012
The above-mentioned report about the number of patent applications worldwide was published by the JPO on June 29. In 2011 the number of international applications (PCT applications) submitted to the JPO has increased abruptly to 37,974 applications, an increase of 20.5% compared to the previous... Tell me more...
 

 Expansion of Scope for the Patent Prosecution Highway Expansion of Scope for the Patent Prosecution Highway
June 15, 2012
From this year July 1st the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will expand the scope of applications that are eligible for using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) between Korea and Japan and start a trial run for usage of the international Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) based on... Tell me more...
 

 Charges based on success for handling responses to Japan Patent Office notifications of refusal via the Madrid Protocol Charges based on success for handling responses to Japan Patent Office notifications of refusal via the Madrid Protocol

The Asia Trademark Alliance (ATA) started a new service. When we handle a response to your notification of refusal of a registration via the Madrid Protocol issued by the Japan Patent Office, our fees are based upon success. Currently, it is common to use the Madrid Protocol to obtain a trademark... Tell me more...
 

 Introduction of trademarks for sound and smell in Korea and their current state in China and Japan Introduction of trademarks for sound and smell in Korea and their current state in China and Japan

According to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with America, it has been recognized that marks which are not visually perceptible also help to identify the origin of a product. In light of this, it was decided in a revision of the Korean trademark law in 2011 that it is possible to obtain a trademark... Tell me more...
 

 We are now handling responses to Japan Patent Office notifications of refusal via the Madrid Protocol with charges based on success We are now handling responses to Japan Patent Office notifications of refusal via the Madrid Protocol with charges based on success

In addition to the one stop service offered for patents by APA, we established the Asia Trademark Alliance (ATA) website to focus on the recently increasing demands for trademark registrations and trademark right maintenance services. We will enrich handling trademarks for Japan, China and Korea, as... Tell me more...
 

 2010 Worldwide Patent Recovery, China Beats Japan to rank at 2nd Place for the First Time 2010 Worldwide Patent Recovery, China Beats Japan to rank at 2nd Place for the First Time

In regards to the number of applications by country, number 1 was the United States with 490,000 applications, a 7.5% increase from the previous year, number 2 was China, beating Japan for the first time, with a 24.3% increase and 391,000 applications, number 3 was Japan with a 1.1% decrease and... Tell me more...
 

 Review of the Exception to Loss of Novelty Regulations Review of the Exception to Loss of Novelty Regulations

Exception to Loss of Novelty of Invention regulations are provided in Article 30 of Japanese Patent Law. Provided that certain conditions are met, an exception is made and the invention treated as if it novelty has not been lost, despite having been made public prior to filing. Existing regulations... Tell me more...
 

 Japanese Industrial Design Registration Fees Lowered Japanese Industrial Design Registration Fees Lowered

Industrial Design Registration Fees (11th to 20th years) to be Paid to the JPO will be Cut in Half There currently is a high emphasis on long life designs. In light of this, the last two stages of maintenance fee payment will be combined to become the 11th to 20th years, and the annuities of JPY... Tell me more...
 

 Establishment and Publication of Revisions to the Japanese Patent Act (Part 2) Establishment and Publication of Revisions to the Japanese Patent Act (Part 2)

-Implementation of Quicker Dispute Resolution- This time we are continuing our discussion regarding the revisions to the Japanese Patent Act. The law will be implemented in April, 2012. The goal of this legal revision is quicker and more precise dispute resolution and improvement of user... Tell me more...
 

 Reduction in Japan Patent Office Examination Fees Starting August 1, 2011 Reduction in Japan Patent Office Examination Fees Starting August 1, 2011

The fee regulations that determine substantive examination charges for patent applications were revised, and will be implemented starting August 1, 2011. These changes will lower the substantive examination fees of the Japan Patent Office from about JPY 200,000 to JPY 150,000 (an approximately 25%... Tell me more...
 

 URGENT Mail Server Error URGENT Mail Server Error

Dear Clients, The Asia Patent Alliance email server was down from September 2, 2011 until September 5, 2011. For this reason, any emails sent during this time may not have been received. Please resend any correspondence from the past few days if you have not received a confirmation from us. Thank... Tell me more...
 

 Passage and Publications of Japanese Patent Law Revisions Passage and Publications of Japanese Patent Law Revisions

-Strengthening Protection of License Contracts, Protection of the Real Inventor, Improving Fairness of Dispute Resolution-In this issue we will explain the Japanese patent regulation reforms, which were passed on May 31, 2011 and published on June 7, 2011. The regulations will be enforced one year... Tell me more...
 

 New One Point Lesson on Japanese Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extension New One Point Lesson on Japanese Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extension

Approval of Patent Term Extension, even when the Same Active Ingredient of the Drug was Previously Accepted (Japanese Supreme Court Decision of April 2011)In our previous issue, we introduced provisions for patent term extension. Extension can be used for recovery when the granted patent of a... Tell me more...
 

 Japanese Patent Law Revisions Announced Japanese Patent Law Revisions Announced

Japanese Patent Law Revisions have been AnnouncedThe JPO made an announcement regarding changes to Japanese Patent Law on March 11, 2011.There are 4 themes for the new revisions: 1. Strengthening Protection of License Contracts License registration, which was difficult to practice, is no longer... Tell me more...
 

 JPO Examination Fee Deferral System Extended JPO Examination Fee Deferral System Extended

In April, 2009, the JPO introduced a new initiative as an emergency measure towards the economic depression, The deadline to remit fees for requesting substantive examination, which previously was required at the time examination was requested, can now be deferred up to one year after the... Tell me more...
 

 How do you solve a problem with scallop shell disposal? How do you solve a problem with scallop shell disposal?

According to the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, 3.13 million tons of fishery products, including innards and shells, were disposed of in fiscal 2008. Of this, about 190,000 tons of scallop shells were thrown away in Hokkaido alone – thus making the shells an abundant... Tell me more...
 

 JPO Introduces New Initiative for Deferral of Examination Fee Payments JPO Introduces New Initiative for Deferral of Examination Fee Payments

On 4th April 2009, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) introduced a new initiative permitting the deferral of examination fee payments for the examination request procedure. As of June, 2010, 15,716 applications have used this new system (see here for full article). All clients wishing to obtain a... Tell me more...
 

 Trademarks of Place and Company Names Filed by Third Parties in China and Taiwan Trademarks of Place and Company Names Filed by Third Parties in China and Taiwan

In June 2010, the International Affairs Division of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) released results of an investigation into trademark applications for Japanese place names filed by third parties having no relation to such places in China and Taiwan. The registering of Japanese place names as... Tell me more...
 

 Implementation of permanent Japan – UK PPH. Implementation of permanent Japan – UK PPH.

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) agreed to make permanent their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) scheme from 10th March 2010. This scheme, which had been piloted since 2007, allows businesses to benefit from faster patenting in the UK and Japan as the... Tell me more...