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Q31. Attorney’s Fees

Q31. Attorney’s Fees
 Show brief amount of a Japanese patent attorney’s charge for filing a patent application. Is there any standard fee schedule or such?

A31. The JPAA (Japan Patent Attorneys Association)’s standard price on services has been abolished since 2001. Thus, there is no fixed standard fee schedule for attorney’s fee. Attorneys and clients should previously determine and agree with fees.
 Therefore, showing the amount of charge is difficult because it differs depending upon attorneys, technical fields, volume of the contents, etc.
 For your information, translation costs (English to Japanese) for typical cases may fall within about JPY200,000 to JPY500,000. According to the survey conducted by JPAA in 2003, 80% of the domestic applications for a typical model case (15 pages of specification, 5 claims, 5 drawings, and 1 page of abstract) fall within JPY250,000 to JPY350,000.