IAM Patent 1000 2022

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Japan: Domestic

As a result of the Amended Patent Act 2021, in April 2022 Japan introduced its version of an amicus brief, which allows for the submission of third-party comments at the district court and the IP high court during patent litigation. On the international side, on 1 January 2022, the Japan...

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As a result of the Amended Patent Act 2021, in April 2022 Japan introduced its version of an amicus brief, which allows for the submission of third-party comments at the district court and the IP high court during patent litigation. On the international side, on 1 January 2022, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the USPTO’s Patent Prosecution Highway improvement programme came into force. Each office set the target deadline of three months for issuing office action under the scheme. In a further push to bring every aspect of the country’s patent law to international standards, the JPO has banned the use of multiple dependent claims that depend on other multiple dependent claims in patent applications. Patent fees have also not remained stagnant; from April 2022 onwards, there will be an increase in patent annuities.

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