Japanese Patent FAQs
Q.When may we expect to receive a decision in an appeal examination after issuance of the names of the appeal examiners?
Normally, such a decision is issued six or more months after issuance of the Notice of the Names of the Appeal Examiners.
Q.The applicant assigned a patent application to another entity. Do we need to record the change of ownership at the time of filing an appeal?
Yes. When filing an appeal, it is necessary to file a power of attorney from the applicant. Therefore, it will be necessary to file an assignment document and a power of attorney for the assignee at the time of filing an appeal. Otherwise, a power of attorney from the assignor must be filed with the JPO.