Power of Attorney | ONDA TECHNO Intl. Patent Attys.[Japan Patent Firm] | Gifu City

Power of Attorney | ONDA TECHNO Intl. Patent Attys.[Japan Patent Firm] | Gifu City

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Japanese Patent FAQs

Power of Attorney

Q.When is it necessary for the applicant to file a power of attorney?

A.

The Japanese Patent Office no longer requires a power of attorney for filing a regular patent application including entry into the Japanese national phase of a PCT application. A power of attorney is required only when special representation becomes necessary, such as when an appeal is to be filed or a change of ownership is to be recorded.

However, please note that we may occasionally require a power of attorney, especially from a new client.

Q.Is a scanned copy of a Power of Attorney acceptable?

A.

No. A scanned copy of a Power of Attorney is not sufficient. That is, a scan of a handwritten signature will be rejected.

However, the JPO currently accepts an e-signature (i.e., /name/) for Power of Attorney documents. The name of the signatory must be typed using the format of “/name/.” Additionally, as part of COVID-19 relief measures, even a Power of Attorney with no electronic signature (blank signature lines) is currently being accepted.

For registering a law firm as your representative, an e-signed Power of Attorney should be sufficient for both a pending application and an issued patent.

For recordation of change of ownership for an issued patent, an e-signed Power of Attorney is not yet accepted by the JPO.