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Q58. Presentation Outside Japan

Q58. Presentation Outside Japan
 Will the six-month grace period be applied for the invention presented outside of Japan? If yes, will such presentation be a prior art for a patent application in Japan, if a Japanese application claims a convention priority based on a foreign application which has been filed within 6 months from the presentation?

A58. Yes, the grace period can be enjoyed for the presentation of invention conducted outside of Japan. The presentation can be made any language including English as well as Japanese. When a certificate proving the fact of the presentation includes a document written in non-Japanese language, translation of Japanese should be attached.
 A presentation conducted outside of Japan will be a prior art for an application in Japan unless the Japanese application is made within 6 months from the date of the presentation. Claiming a convention priority based on a foreign application which has been filed within 6 months from the presentation does not qualify the applicant to enjoy the benefit of the grace period.