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Japan Patent Office
National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training
INPIT-KANSAI will open on July 31, 2017

The INPIT-KANSAI office, a center of intellectual property public services for firms located in the Kansai region, will open on July 31(Mon.), 2017.

On June 19(Mon.), 2017, the Japan Patent Office(JPO)will start accepting appointments for either on-site or video interview examinations with JPO examiners, which will be carried out in pre-assigned rooms in the INPIT KANSAI office after the opening day.

1. Background

Based on future efforts for relocating governmental organizations outside of the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan under the Cabinet Secretariat determined a policy in September 2016, in which a center of intellectual property public services in the Kansai region would be opened until the end of September, 2017. The Japan Patent Office (JPO), with jurisdiction over the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT), decided to operate the INPIT-KANSAI office in the Grand Front Osaka Building in Osaka City, during the second quarter (July-September) of FY2017, and JPO and INPIT have been making joint preparations for this purpose.

2. Details of the INPIT-KANSAI office to be opened

Both JPO and INPIT have almost finished the preparation and will open the INPIT-KANSAI office on July 31 (Mon.), 2017. On opening day they will host distinguished guests at an opening ceremony and a social gathering. The details of the events will be released separately at a later date.
The INPIT-KANSAI office will support firms located in the Kansai region through a variety of multilateral functions mainly in four areas: [ⅰ] providing sophisticated and specialized support in the field of intellectual property, [ⅱ] providing space for on-site or video interview examinations with JPO examiners, [ⅲ] providing industrial property right (IPR) gazette browsing services with sophisticated terminals with the same high-level capabilities as the machines that JPO examiners use for prior art searches on a daily basis, and [ⅳ] providing opportunities to collaborate with related organizations. Through these activities, the INPIT-KANSAI office will support the business growth of a wide variety of firms, including SMEs and start-ups in the Kansai region.
 

3. Details of the appointments for on-site or video interview examinations with JPO examiners in Tokyo

After opening, the INPIT-KANSAI will start on-site examinations, or video interview examinations with JPO examiners in Tokyo. In particular, the INPIT-KANSAI will set the first and third Fridays of the month as special days on which it focuses on on-site interview examinations. It will place a priority of proactively reserving meeting rooms for such examinations so as to provide as many appointment holders as possible with examination opportunities.

Prior to starting these examinations, on June 19(Mon.), 2017, the Regional Innovations Promotion Office, Administrative Affairs Division, JPO, will start accepting appointments for on-site or interview examinations with JPO examiners in Tokyo at the INPIT-KANSAI, by telephone or through the website below.

These appointments for interview examinations are also available by directly telephoning examiners in charge of your applications, which is the same process as making an ordinary appointment for an interview examination.

Notice

If you wish to have an on-site or video interview examination with JPO examiners in Tokyo, please contact the Regional Innovations Promotion Office, Administrative Affairs Division, JPO, and provide the information on[ⅰ] to[ⅳ] below to make an appointment. In response, the JPO will contact you within three business days.

The JPO requests you to make an appointment at least two weeks before your desired date since the number of meetings rooms is limited.
Note: If it is an urgent manner, please contact the Regional Innovations Promotion Office for consultation.

  1. Patent application number concerning your wish to have an interview examination
  2. Desired date and time of the examination (provision of several possible dates is appreciated if possible.)
  3. Type of examination you wish, i.e., on-site or video interview with JPO examiners in Tokyo
  4. Contact number by which the INPIT-KANSAI can reach you in the daytime, including your name and telephone number

Contact counter for appointments for on-site or video interview examinations with JPO examiners in Tokyo:
Mr. Taguchi of the Regional Innovations Promotion Office, Administrative Affairs Division, JPO
Telephone: 03-3581-1101 (extension: 3104) or 03-3501-0738 (direct line)
Facsimile: 03-3580-8122

Release date

June 16, 2017

Divisions in Charge

Information in general
General Coordination Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office
Information on the INPIT-KANSAI
INPIT-KANSAI Preparation Office, National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT)
Information on on-site or video interview examinations with JPO examiners in Tokyo
Regional Innovations Promotion Office, Administrative Affairs Division, Japan Patent Office
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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