Don’t forget to submitting a certificate of exception to lack of novelty for a Japanese design application through the Hague System!



Fumi
In the previous post, we talked about filing a priority document for a Japanese design application through the Hague System.
Kuma
I remember, of course.
We have to pay attention to filing the document with the prescribed term, right?
Fumi
Good.
But, there is one more important thing which we have to remember actually.
Kuma
Is there?
Fumi
It is about exception to lack of novelty.
If you would like to enjoy benefit of exception to lack of novelty for your Japanese design application through the Hague System, you must submit both a request for exception to lack of novelty and a certificate of exception to lack of novelty to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) within 30 days from its international publication date.
Kuma
I see.
By any chance, is the due date not notified by the Office too?
Fumi
Exactly!
Most applicants of Japanese design application through the Hague System usually consult patent attorneys in Japan after receiving office actions from the JPO.
The due date for filing the above-mentioned documents, namely within 30 days from the international publication date, comes before receiving the office actions. So, many applicants who don’t know the above cannot enjoy benefit of exception to lack of novelty due to lack of filing the required documents to the JPO.
Kuma
Wow…it is likely to be forgot.
Fumi
Really so.
In the next, I will talk about the conditions to enjoy exception to lack of novelty in Japan.






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