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The Cabinet Approves the Cabinet Order for Enforcing the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts of 2015

On January 19, 2016, the Cabinet decided to approve the following related orders to enforce the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts of 2015, which had been enacted at the 189th ordinary Diet session in 2015.

Outline of the Cabinet Orders

  1. Cabinet Order to Specify the Enforcement Date of the Act for the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts (Act No. 55 of 2015)

    This Order is to stipulate the enforcement date of the above Act as April 1, 2016.

  2. Cabinet Order concerning Provisions for Related Cabinet Orders Associated with Enforcement of the Act for the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts

    This Order is to establish provisions regarding the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (STLT) (including the establishment of provisions regarding remedial provisions for flawed procedures regarding applications for the registration of patents and of other rights), to establish provisions associated with the revision of the employee invention system (the addition of matters under the jurisdiction of the Intellectual Property Committee under the Industrial Structure Council), to reduce patent application fees, and to implement other relevant measures.

Reference

(1) Outline of the Amended Patent Act and Other Acts of 2015

  1. Reviewing the employee invention system [Patent Act]
  2. Revising the patent fee schedule and other fee schedules [Patent Act, Trademark Act, Act on International Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty]
  3. Improving the provisions for implementing the PLT and the STLT [Patent Act, Trademark Act]

*For details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

January 19, 2016

Division in charge

Legislative Affairs Office, General Coordination Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office

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