Business brief 2014: Japan


Ryo Maruyama

Applicants can apply to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to obtain a patent.


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

Foreign applicants can take action under the Paris Convention and/or initiate a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) national-phase application in Japan. The JPO requires a Japanese specification, but it can be filed first in English, followed later by the Japanese translation. We recommend this when translation time is short.

patents; trademark; copyright