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February 17, 2016

Japan: amendments in official fees for IP protection

On January 19, 2016, the Cabinet of Japan approved the order to enforce the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts of 2015, which had been enacted in 2015. Current Act amended and revised the IP protection fees schedule. According to amendments, some of patent application fees and annuities were reduced by 10 %, trademark registration and renewal fees were reduced by 25%.

Amended fees will enter into force on April 1, 2016, and our quotation system will be updated accordingly.

Comparative table of the official fee amendments in Japan is represented below.

 

  Before April 1, 2016 From April 1, 2016
Patent application fees
Filing a patent application ¥15,000 ¥14,000 approx. 123 USD
Patent maintenance fees
1–3rd year: annually ¥2,300 + ¥200 per claim ¥2,100 + ¥200 per claim approx.
18 USD + 2 USD per claim
4-6th year: annually ¥7,100 + ¥500 per claim ¥6,400 + ¥500 per claim approx.
56 USD + 4 USD per claim
7-9th year: annually ¥21,400 + ¥1,700 per claim ¥19,300 + ¥1,500 per claim approx.
170 USD + 13 USD per claim
10-25th year: annually ¥61,600 + ¥4,800 per claim ¥55,400 + ¥4,300 per claim approx.
488 USD + 38 USD per claim
Trademark registration and renewal fees

Registration fee (for 10 years)

¥37,600 per class ¥28,200 per class approx. 248 USD

Registration fee (by installments)

¥21,900 per class ¥16,400 per class approx. 144 USD

Renewal fee (for 10 years)

¥48,500 per class ¥38,800 per class approx. 341 USD

Renewal fee (by installments)

¥28,300 per class ¥22,600 per class approx. 199 USD
Trademark registration fee ¥37,600 per class ¥28,200 per class approx. 248 USD

Trademark renewal fee

¥41,800 per class ¥33,400 per class approx. 294 USD

Author: Lynda Miller

 

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