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Japan to Speed Up Patent Reviews, Cut Fees

Law360 (December 15, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan’s Patent Office will take steps to accelerate the approval process for patents and reduce the application fee, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Tuesday morning edition.

Currently, most of the prior arts search in Japan is outsourced to the Industrial Property Cooperation Center (IPCC).

Under the new system, a patent seeker will be able to order a search through IPCC prior to the application review. By submitting the search report to the patent office, applicants will also pay a discounted fee.

In addition, the...
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