As an intellectual property counsel, the March 13 Jiji article titled “Japan aims to cut patent exam lengths in half” caught my eye. Unfortunately the on-line article did not link to an underlying copy of any press release or to a synopsis of the related bill that the Abe administration has presented to the Japanese Diet. Consequently it is difficult to assess the current announcements vis-a-vis the proposals going back to 2004 to shorten the average time it takes to examine Japanese patent applications. Hopefully this information will be disseminated soon. The twin objectives of a relatively short examination period and high-quality patent examination would be welcome by all stakeholders in the patent system.
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