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Q134. How to Know Maintenance / Expiration of Registration

Q134. How to Know Maintenance / Expiration of Registration
How to know maintenance / expiration of registration?

A134. Several ways are available.
(1) Make a request for inspection of files to the JPO. You can check the patent register thereby, thus this is most reliable and up-to-date way. Certain amount of official fees is needed. Online inspection is available, by e-filing software provided by National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT).
(2) Use Japan Platform for Patent Information(J-PlatPat), which is web-based online library provided by INPIT (http://www.ipdl.inpit.go.jp/). The J-PlatPat provides legal status search. You can check a status of payment of annuity of certain patent right. Note that J-PlatPat have some delay, usually about one month, thus the information is not up-to-date but neither fees nor special e-filing software is necessary. The service is provided only in Japanese language.
(3) Use certain commercial database services. Costs and reliability are depending on each service provider.
(4) Use Global Dossier service.