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Q107. Advantage of Paralleling Issued Foreign Claims

Q107. Advantage of Paralleling Issued Foreign Claims
 Will the fact that Japanese claims are amended to parallel the issued foreign patent claims be given any weight by the Japanese Examiner?

A107. No. Amending the claims as in the issued foreign patent and informing the Japanese Examiner of the fact do not generally help the application or improve the Examiner’s impression about the case. Rather, it is possible to offend the Examiner if the foreign prosecution is given too much weight by the applicant, because the Japanese Examiner is expected to make an independent judgment based on Japanese Examination Guidelines and prior art references uncovered in Japan.