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Q10. After a design application has been filed, how long does it take before the design is registered?

Q10. After a design application has been filed, how long does it take before the design is registered?

A10. Usually, it takes about seven months to obtain a decision of registration. Then the applicant pays a registration fee, and the design right takes effect. In certain circumstance a request can be made to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to accelerate the examination. The circumstance must be explained.