National Design Application
There are important differences between the Japanese design registration system and the design registration systems of other countries. For example, Japan is unique in that effective design protection can be obtained even for primarily functional designs, and that a broader scope of protection can be established through the use of the Related Design System.
Considering such differences between countries, we provide fine-tuned and easy-to-understand advice to our international clients from the strategic standpoint.
In addition to initiating application procedures, we also handle applications already in prosecution. For example, if a notice of reasons for rejection has already been issued for a filed Japanese design application, we would be happy to assist with the procedures for responding.
For more detailed information for the design registration system in Japan, please refer to the following links.
Hague International Application Designating Japan
Since Japan is a member of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, it is possible to designate Japan in Hague applications. We can represent our clients both as an agent before the WIPO in the international phase and as an agent before the Japan Patent Office in the Japanese national phase. In particular, please contact us for support at the national stage in Japan, in such matters as responding to a refusal notice.
Please also refer to the following links.
The Japan Patent Office provides a search tool called J-PlatPat, which can be used to search for registered designs in Japan (https://www.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/). However, we believe that expert knowledge and search experience are important to effectively fulfill the purpose of a design search.
We are able to conduct cost-effective and targeted design searches in strict accordance with our clients’ needs. Please let us know the purpose of the search and specific articles to be searched, and we will provide a detailed cost estimate.
In addition to the above, we are always available for any other consultations related to designs as intellectual property.