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Interim Handling Procedures for Examinations andAppeals/Trialsinvolving Product-by-process Claims” and “Draft Revision of PatentExamination Guidelines

 

“Interim Handling Procedures for Examinations and Appeals/Trials involving Product-by-process Claims” and “Draft Revision of Patent Examination Guidelines”

 

After 1-month suspension of examining product-by-process claims, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) issued the “Interim Handling Procedures for Examinations and Appeals/Trials involving Product-by-process Claims” in view of the June 5 decision by the Supreme Court of Japan.

The JPO is now inviting public comments on the Draft Revision of Patent Examination Guidelines which includes a section generally discussing the clarity requirement relating to product-by-process claims (See Part II, Chapter 2, Section 3, 4.3.2 (pages 22-23) of the Draft Revision). Written comments must be received on or before Thursday, August 6, 2015 (Japan Standard Time).

For details, please visit the JPO website as below.
Interim Handling Procedures for Examinations and Appeals/Trials involving Product-by-process Claims
http://www.jpo.go.jp/tetuzuki_e/t_tokkyo_e/product_process_C150706_e.htm

Invitation for Public Comments on the Draft Revision of Examination Guidelines
http://www.jpo.go.jp/iken_e/draft_revision_150708.htm

Draft Revision of Examination Guidelines
Part II, Chapter 2, Section 3, 4.3.2
http://www.jpo.go.jp/iken_e/pdf/draft_revision_mokuji_150708/02-02-03.pdf

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