We have to pay attention to filing the document with the prescribed term, right?
But, there is one more important thing which we have to remember actually.
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 and a to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) within 30 days from its international publication date.
By any chance, is the due date not notified by the Office too?
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.
In the next, I will talk about the conditions to enjoy exception to lack of novelty in Japan.