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Fees reduced for SMEs

29-07-2014

Hiroshi Hari

A measure to reduce fees for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for requests for substantive examinations and annuities, set out in the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act that was adopted on December 4, 2013 by Japan’s Diet, came into effect on April 1, 2014. The measure will remain in effect until March 31, 2018.

A measure to reduce fees for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for requests for substantive examinations and annuities, set out in the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act that was adopted on December 4, 2013 by Japan’s Diet, came into effect on April 1, 2014. The measure will remain in effect until March 31, 2018.

As a result, the fees for an SME for (1) a request for a substantive examination of a patent application; and (2) annuities for the first year through to the tenth year of a patent, have been reduced from about JPY380,000 ($3,720) to about JPY130,000 ($1,272).

For a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international application, the search fee, transmittal fee, and the international preliminary examination fee were reduced from about JPY110,000 ($1,076) to about JPY35,000 ($342).


patent application; PCT; WIPO; JPO.

WIPR

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