Act on the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts (Act No. 55 of July 10, 2015)

Year of Version:2016
Date of Entry into Force:April 1, 2016
Date of Text (Enacted):July 10, 2015
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Industrial Designs, Patents (Inventions), Trademarks
The Act on the Partial Revision of the Patent Act and Other Acts, which came into force on April 1, 2016, introduces amendments to the Patent Act, the Trademark Act, the Designs Act, and the Act on International Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The Act inter alia: (i) reviews the employee invention system by clarifying the elements to be considered for the “appropriate remuneration” of employees;
(ii) revises the fee schedule for patents, trademarks and international searches concerning international applications; and (iii) establishes provisions regarding the Patent Law Treaty and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks to implement the new procedures that were introduced along with Japan's accession to the Treaties, which came into force on June 11, 2016.
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WIPO Lex No.:JP211