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Q4. Electronic Filing

Q4. Electronic Filing
 Can applications be filed electronically?

A4. Yes, applications can be filed electronically by on-line filing through the Internet. Data of filing documents is sent through the Internet, using “the Internet application software”.
 The method of on-line filing through the Internet became available in October 2005. In order for one to file an application through the Internet, he or she needs to obtain an electronic certificate for security reasons. On-line filing through the Internet is done by using the Internet application software, which is downloadable from the JPO’s website.
 Though it may be technically possible to file an application from overseas, an applicant who resides outside of Japan is not allowed to directly file the application through the Internet from overseas (see Q2). On the other hand, an applicant who resides in Japan but temporarily outside of Japan may file the application from overseas, if he or she obtains the electronic certificate in Japan, and all the other electronic environments such as those referred to the above are set.