Asia Patent Alliance
 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% reduction). Substantive Examination fees after the date of implementation can be found below. The reduced substantive examination fees according to this revision will improve the convenience for the patent applicant. For foreign applicants who are filing for national phase entry of PCT applications in Japan, basic substantive examination fees will be reduced from JPY 151,700 to JPY 106,000.

The deferral system for Japanese substantive examination fees will not expire until March 31, 2012, and thus this can be used as well. In addition, using the APA is extremely economical because substantive examination attorney fees are waived when substantive examination is requested at the time of filing.

We hope you will consider filing in Japan, in light of the revised charges.

A Comparison of the New and Old Fees Applicable Towards Fee Reductions

  New Fees Current Fees
(until July 31, 2011)
Standard Patent Applications JPY 118,000 + JPY 4,000 /claim JPY 168,600 + JPY 4,000 /claim
International Applications with an
International Search Report Issued by
the Japan Patent Office*
JPY 71,000 + JPY 2,400 /claim JPY 101,200 + JPY 2,400 /claim
International Applications with an
International Search Report Issued by
a Patent Office other than the Japan 
Japan Patent Office*
JPY 106,000 + JPY 3,600 /claim JPY 151,700 + JPY 3,600 /claim

*If an application is filed in Japan based on an international application, examination fees will be reduced, as there is less of a burden on the examiner.