Preliminary discussions took place in the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 2013 to change Japan’s patent law, based on the report entitled Toward Early Acquisition of Strong and Stable Patent Rights and Improvement of User-Friendliness, issued by the JPO’s Patent System Subcommittee in February 2013.
In 2012, the subcommittee, established under the Intellectual Property Policy Committee of the Industrial Structure Council, discussed possible changes to Japan’s patent law. In order to adjust Japan’s patent system to better meet current needs, the subcommittee discussed a new system to enable strong and stable patent rights to be granted more quickly, and adjusting and simplifying procedures to improve user-friendliness.
Summary of the subcommittee’s report
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