In certain cases that meet the requirements for an academic discount program, an applicant may obtain 50% reduction in fees for requesting examination and patent annuities without necessity of complicated procedures.

In a case of a joint application, the university or entity equivalent thereto obtains 50% reduction in the official fee corresponding to its share of the application. For example, if a university has a 50% share of the application, the university will obtain a 25% reduction in the total official fee.

A typical case for which an academic discount is available would meet the following two requirements:

1) The applicant is a university or an entity equivalent thereto; or an employee of a university or an entity equivalent thereto. In this regard, the university or entity has to be equivalent to “Universities” as stipulated in Article 1 of the School Education Act referred to in Article 17 of the Industrial Technology Enhancement Act.

2) The subject invention is an Employee’s Invention1) as stipulated in Article 35, Par. 1 of the Japanese patent law.

Under the academic discount program, the applicant is requested to submit the following two documents:

a) A declaration stating that the applicant is a university or related entity that is equivalent to “Universities” as stipulated in Article 1 of the School Education Act referred to in Article 17 of the Industrial Technology Enhancement Act.

b) A certificate stating that the subject invention is an “Employee’s Invention” as stipulated in Article 35, Par. 1 of the Japanese patent law.