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Announcement from Japan:

50% Reduction of Official Fee for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises

for All Foreign and Domestic Applicants

 

Now, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises can receive a reduction for “Official Fees:

Fee for Requesting Examination, Annuities from 1st to 10th years, and Fees for International Application”

(in case of a request for examination being filed after April 1, 2019).

 

If your client satisfies the below requirements, please let us know. We will proceed the procedure

for reduction without a certificate document.

 

1. Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Corporation/ Sole proprietorship)

Fee for Requesting Examination and Annuities from 1st to 10th years: half reduction

Transmittal Fee/ Search Fee/ Fee for preliminary examination of International Application: half reduction

 

Industry

Number of regular employees

Capital amount/total amount of investment

Manufacturing industry / Construction industry / Transportation industry / Others

Less than 300 employees

less than 300 million yen

Wholesale business

Less than 100 employees

less than 100 million yen

Service industry

Less than 100 employees

less than 50 million yen

Retail business

Less than 50 employees

less than 50 million yen

Rubber products manufacturing

Less than 900 employees

less than 300 million yen

Software service industry / Information processing service industry

Less than 300 employees

less than 300 million yen

Hotel business industry

Less than 200 employees

less than 50 million yen

Above requirements plus not dominated by Large Company

Corporation shall satisfy either of the above requirements for “number of employees” or “capital amount.”

Sole proprietorship shall satisfy only the requirement for “number of employees.”

 

2. Small- and Medium-Sized Venture Company (Corporation/ Sole proprietorship)

   Fee for Requesting Examination and Annuities from 1st to 10th years: one third reduction

   Transmittal Fee/ Search Fee/ Fee for preliminary examination: one third reduction

 

Sole proprietorship

Less than 10 years after the establishment

Corporation

Less than 10 years after the establishment and less than 300 million yen capital amount/total amount of investment

Not dominated by Large Company (corporation other than the one with less than

    300 million yen capital amount/total amount of investment)

 

3. Small-Scale Enterprises (Corporation/ Sole proprietorship)

   Fee for Requesting Examination and Annuities from 1st to 10th years: one third reduction

   Transmittal Fee/ Search Fee/ Fee for preliminary examination of International Application: one third reduction

 

Sole proprietorship

Less than 20 regular employees (less than 5 employees for commerce or service industry)

Corporation

Less than 20 regular employees (less than 5 employees for commerce or service industry)

Not dominated by Large Company (other than Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises)

 

Further details are provided on Japan Patent Office website. Please contact us whenever you have questions.

https://www.jpo.go.jp/system/process/tesuryo/genmen/genmen20190401/index.html



 

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