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J-PlatPat improvements to Allow Same Day or Previous Day Retrieval of Examination Results

New functions of the J-PlatPat database released

April 25, 2019

J-PlatPat is a free-of-charge database that helps IP users to search and make references on data in the gazettes of patents, utility models, designs and trademarks and other information. On May 7, 2019, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will dramatically improve the functions of J-PlatPat so as to help IP users to make references on data on documents involving examinations and trials and appeals about patents, utility models, designs and trademarks which have been completed on or before the previous day.

This improvement will contribute to IP users’ more swift, accurate ascertaining of results of examinations and trials and appeals not only about applications filed by their own companies but also about those filed by other companies and will enable such users to advance their research and development and other efforts in a more effective and efficient manner.

1. Release date

From 9:00 a.m., May 7 (Tue.), 2019

2. New functions

The JPO will improve the functions of the database, including accelerating the frequencies of updating information and expanding the scope of search, thereby further improving the user-friendliness of the database. Moreover, the JPO will adjust the view screens into more easy-to-see screens so that even a first-time user is able to use the database smoothly.

Highlights of the new functions are as follows:

  1. Shortening the time-lag and expanding the scope of retrievable documents
    The JPO will shorten the period of time between the JPO’s issuance of a target document and its release of the legal status of applications involving examinations and trials and appeals to the public from about three weeks to one day, in principle.

    Moreover, it will expand the types of retrievable documents, which currently involves patents and utility models, to add those involving designs and trademarks.
    Note: The documents involving designs and trademarks to be retrievable by the database will be those issued on and after January 2019. However, those involving designs will be retrievable only if target designs have been registered.
  2. Expanding the search function of the database
    The database will newly permit IP users to search data on trademark applications that have been rejected as a result of examinations by the JPO and data on registered trademarks whose trademark rights have been expired.
    Moreover, the database will also permit IP users to search data on Chinese patent documents, the number of which is surging in recent years, by inputting Japanese terms.
  3. Improving the quality of machine-translation results
    The JPO will make use of the latest algorithms for machine translation taking advantage of AI and this will provide quality Japanese-English translation results.
  4. Providing more easy-to-see view screens
    The JPO will adjust the menu or initial screen so that even a first-time user is able to use the database smoothly.

Taking advantage of these improved functions, IP users are expected to more swiftly and accurately ascertain the results of examinations and trials and appeals not only about applications filed by their own companies but also about those filed by other companies. Moreover, these functions will permit IP users to conduct more accurate and efficient prior art search and thereby they will contribute to helping users to prevent overlapping filing of applications, prevent overlapping investment in the same fields in the process of research and development and make use of search results in formulating strategies for filing applications with overseas IP offices in a more appropriate manner.

Reference: Outline of the J-PlatPat database

In March 1999, the JPO and the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) started the free-of-charge online provision of the Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL) service as one of the efforts for providing more and more people with patent information in a user-friendly manner. Following this, in March 2015, they renewed the service to meet more sophisticated and diversified demand of IP users for patent information and started J-PlatPat.

J-PlatPat provides accumulated data on approximately 130 million gazettes etc.,  involving patents, utility models, designs and trademarks inside and outside Japan as well as data on the legal status of applications involving examinations, registration, and trials and appeals. As seen in over 100 million annual accesses by IP users to the database, J-PlatPat has already become popular as a free-of-charge service in which any user is able to search and make reference on patent information.

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Division in Charge

Patent Information Policy Planning Office, General Coordination Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office