Patents and Utility Models

Our attorneys and support staff of legal and technical experts have broad experience with all aspects of Japanese intellectual property law. Our professionals have extensive experience handling intellectual property matters in various high-tech industries, with special emphasis on electrical and electronics-related fields, batteries, semiconductors, computer devices, software, and consumer electronics.

We have intimate knowledge of how patents are actually enforced and defended during litigation. We use this knowledge to formulate proper prosecution strategies for maximizing protection and forestalling challenges to validity.

We have specific experience with patent matters in a broad range of technologies,
including:

  • Electronic components
  • Digital and analog circuits
  • Semiconductor devices and related manufacturing technologies
  • High-precision processing technologies
  • Precision machinery
  • Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Machine tools
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Computer networks
  • Image processing
  • Business methods
  • Measuring gauges and instrumentation
  • Quality control and examination apparatuses
  • Detectors and sensors
  • Industrial processes

Our expertise is not limited to routine prosecution matters. We also regularly handle complex prosecution matters, including:

  • Petitions
  • Appeals
  • Various other complex procedural matters

Information and Documents We need for filing in Japan

Application claiming priority (under the Paris Convention or the TRIPS agreement)
The following information and documents are requested:

  1. Name and address of applicant(s) and inventor(s)
  2. Electronic filling data of claim(s), specification and drawing(s) (in English or Japanese)
  3. Priority right date and country
  4. Priority application number
  5. Certified priority document or access code in Digital Access Service (or Priority Document Access Service, DAS)

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) National Phase
The following information and documents are requested:

  1. PCT application number
  2. Japanese translation of PCT international application including amendment under PCT article 19 and 34

Power of Attorney (POA)

See Power of Attorney in Japan MORIWAKI IP blog

Links

Procedures for Obtaining a Patent Right JPO official site

Procedures for Obtaining a Utility Model Right JPO official site

Schedule of fees JPO official site

Designs and Trademarks

We counsel clients on all aspects of design and trademark law, from design and trademark searches to filing and prosecution of applications with the Japan Patent Office. We also advise our clients appropriately for maximum ongoing protection of their design and trademark property rights.

Information and Documents We need for filing in Japan

Designs

The following information and documents are requested:

  1. Name and address of applicant(s) and design creator(s)
  2. Electronic filling data of drawings (e.g. six drawings of front, rear, right, left, top and bottom sides)
  3. Description of the product (the article to the design)
  4. Application number, filing date and country of the priority application, if any
  5. Priority certificate, if any

Trademarks

The following information and documents are requested:

  1. Name and address of applicant(s)
  2. Trademark and description of goods and/or services
  3. Class(es) of goods and/or services
  4. Application number, filing date and country of the priority application, if any
  5. Priority certificate, if any

Links

Procedures for Obtaining a Design Right JPO official site

Procedures for Obtaining a Trademark Right JPO official site