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Q13. After having received a decision of registration, can the applicant defer publication?

Q13. After having received a decision of registration, can the applicant defer publication?

A13. Yes, the applicant can use the Secret design system. When paying the registration fee, the applicant can make a request to the JPO by specifying a period of deferment not exceeding 3 years from the date of registration. The period of secrecy can be shortened or extended. If there is a need for deferment of publication at the time of filing, a request for deferment must be attached to the application with a prescribed fee.