Don’t forget to submitting a priority document for a Japanese design application through the Hague System!



Kuma
Hi, Fumi.
Today, I have a question about claiming a priority under the Paris Convention for an international design application to Japan.
Fumi
OK. What is that?
Kuma
I have heard that there is a very important point to note when claiming a priority for an international design application to Japan.
Fumi
Oh, you know that very well!
Yes, that’s right.
Fumi
In that case, you must not forget the following two.
Kuma
Uh-huh.
Fumi
First, you must indicate information of a basic application in the entry column No. 13 named “PRIORITY CLAIM” when filing an international design application.
Kuma
How is the entry column…?
Fumi
That’s like this.

Kuma
Right.
What is the second one?
Fumi
The second one is very important.
That’s because it seems to be forgot easily and there would still be a lot of applicants who do not know it.
Fumi
You must submit an original priority document with a Japanese translation to the Japan Patent Office within three months from the international publication date of the application through a representative domiciled in Japan.
Kuma
I see.
But, the Office will notify us the deadline for submitting it…right?
Fumi
Actually, they won’t.
Kuma
Wow, really?
Fumi
Yes.
That’s why it’s very important.
Although most foreign applicants are not familiar with the Japanese practice, they must remember to file it without any reminders!
Kuma
It’s not easy for me.
Fumi
Yeah, I think so too.
I strongly recommend you to consult a good attorney in Japan well before proceeding with filing an international application designating Japan.

To be continued…







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