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Lexology PRO | Asia-Pacific, Austria, Brazil, etc. | 7 Jan 2022

Patents: Key updates and developments for in-house teams (27 Nov 2021 – 7 Jan 2022)

The USPTO extends the priority programme for COVID-19 related patents, Brazil and Portugal agree on their patent prosecution highway, and the Unified Patent Court agreement enters into force – plus other key updates.
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 30 Jul 2021

JPO further revises the usage of hanko-stamps in official procedures

On the 11th of June, a news release by the JPO announced that the usage of the hanko-stamp, a stamp that is widely used in Japan instead of a…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 30 Jul 2021

Japan expert committee considering whether service Providers should pay product licensing fees

On the 9th of July, the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reported that the Japan Patent Office (JPO) is considering designing a system for the payment of…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 30 Jul 2021

Recent trends on plastic recycling technologies

As more and more attention is drawn to the problem of marine plastic waste, and as import restrictions on waste are being put in place by many Asian…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 30 Jul 2021

JPO publishes its Annual Report 2021

On the 14th of July, the JPO published its Annual Report 2021. This report is exclusively available in Japanese and is distinct from the Status Report…
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ONDA TECHNO Intl. Patent Attys. | Japan | 16 Jun 2021

On June 11, 2021, the Japanese Patent Office announced that the signature on a Power of Attorney can be omitted when recording a change of ownership for an issued patent/design/trademark.

As of December 28, 2020, as part of the COVID-19 relief measures, the JPO relaxed signature requirements. As a result, signatures are not required on…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 4 Jun 2021

JPO relief measure procedures and how they are affected by Covid-19

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) has several procedures or relief measures in place that can be used if one accidentally misses the time limit for…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 4 Jun 2021

Statistical overview of JPO Status Report 2021

Every year, the Japan Patent Office releases a thorough report, the ''JPO Status Report',' on recent intellectual property developments and trends in…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 4 Jun 2021

Change in fees for international registration of marks in Japan

The JPO reported that as of May 29th 2021, the individual fees for designating Japan on an international application for trademark registration will…
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Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | Japan | 31 Mar 2021

Subcommittee on Patent System Issues Report Regarding the Patent System in the “With Corona/Post Corona Era”

In February 2021, a subcommittee on the patent system In Japan issued a summary report on a wide range of issues that have become apparent due to the…
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