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Q108. Further Narrowing the Paralleled Claims

Q108. Further Narrowing the Paralleled Claims
 By narrowing the claims to parallel the issued U.S. claims, will the Japanese Examiner require that the narrowed Japanese claims be narrowed even more to be allowed.

A108. Yes, it is possible.
 During the prosecution in Japan, there may be a possibility of the narrowed Japanese claims being requested to be amended further for at least one of the following grounds:
(1) More pertinent prior art may be cited by the Japanese Examiner and the applicant may find it necessary to introduce further limitations into claims in order to overcome the rejection by the Japanese Examiner; and
(2) The narrowed Japanese claims may be rejected even under the prior art which has already been considered by the U.S. Examiner because of the difference in criteria for the “inventive step” or “un-obviousness”.