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 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 recent fees reduction announced by the Japan Patent Office for patents and trademarks.

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Fees for Application in Japan to be reduced
- JPO announces fees reduction for patent and trademark as of April 2016 -

Following the enactment of the Partial Amendment of the Patent Act, the Japan Patent Office announces that the official fees for patent and trademark services will be reduced from April 1, 2016. For example, the fees for PCT applications entering Japan, currently JPY 15,000, will be reduced to JPY 14,000. As shown in the table below, the annual fees for patents will also be reduced.

The new rates apply to the applications, either national or international, filed on or after April 1, 2016. The new rates for annual fees will apply to the allowed applications/patents for which the payment process falls on or after April 1, 2016.

In addition, the registration and renewal fees for trademarks will be reduced. Application through Madrid Protocol will also enjoy a preferable cost reduction. In the same way, the revised rates will apply to the applications which are allowed on or after April 1, 2016.

In accordance with these changes, Asia Patent Alliance will offer you optimal advice on payment time in order to save costs for you.

Fees for the Patent Application
  Before Revision After Revision
Patent Application JPY 15,000 JPY 14,000
Patent Application in Foreign Language JPY 24,000 JPY 22,000
Procedure under the Japanese Patent Act § 184 Paragraph 5 No. 1
(Official Fee for National Phase Entry)
JPY 15,000 JPY 14,000



Annual Fees for Patent (Patent Act § 107 No. 1)
  Before Revision After Revision
Annual Fees from 1st to 3rd Year   JPY 2,300 + JPY 200 x Number of Claims JPY 2,100 + JPY 200 x Number of Claims
Annual Fees from 4th to 6th Year   JPY 7,100 + JPY 500 x Number of Claims JPY 6,400 + JPY 500 x Number of Claims
Annual Fees from 7th to 9th Year JPY 21,400 + JPY 1,700 x Number of claims   JPY 19,300 + JPY 1,500 x Number of Claims
Annual Fees from 10th to 25th Year JPY 61,600 + JPY 4,800 x Number of Claims   JPY 55,400 + JPY 4,300 x Number of Claims

* The above costs will be applied to those cases for which the request for substantive examination was filed after April 1, 2004.


Registration and Renewal Fees for Trademark
  Before Revision After Revision
Registration Fee for 10 Years
(Trademark Law § 40 No. 1)
JPY 37,600 x Number of Class JPY 28,200 x Number of Class
Renewal Fee for 10 Years
(Trademark Law § 40 No. 2)
JPY 48,500 x Number of Class JPY 38,800 x Number of Class
Individual Fee for Trademark Right based on International Registration (Registration Fee) JPY 28,300 x Number of Class JPY 22,600 x Number of Class
Individual Fee for Trademark Right based on International Registration (Renewal Fee) JPY 48,500 x Number of Class JPY 38,800 x Number of Class

* With a high patent authorization rate, Asia Patent Alliance offers comprehensive patent support in Japan, China and Korea. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any help.