Accelerated Examination Process for Patents and Trademarks under Japanes Law

The need to secure intellectual property rights has become crucial to protect the invention as a tangible asset and a source of financial benefits. Therefore, as a way to protect a potential financial source, an expedited application process for trademarks and patents is offered under Japan's patent law. This process is available when a third party is attempting to register a trademark or a patent before the right holder applies for registration. Thus, the expedited process will allow patent rights to arise before the third party's attempt, provided that certain conditions are met. This type of accelerated examination rights is central in an opposition process and infringement proceeding.


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