How to Renew a Patent in Japan?
The renewal fees for years 1 to 3 are paid as registration fees to the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) upon the grant of a patent. The first renewal fee is due 4 years from the grant date, NOT the filing date. For further explanation, please refer to the example below;
For example, if the filing date of a patent is (23 March, 2006) where the grant date of the patent is (22 June, 2012) you will only have to settle the 4th annuity from (22 June, 2015).
A patent right can be maintained in Japan by paying patent fees on an annual basis, starting with the settlement of fees from 4 years after grant.
Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type
In Japan, there are two kinds of intellectual property types.
Intellectual Property Type #1 - Utility Models
The duration of a utility model is 10 years from the date of filing. The renewal fees for the first 3 years must be paid as registration fees, upon the filing of an application. A utility model right can be maintained by paying renewal fees. An article explaining more about the renewal process of Japanese utility models will be on our website in the near future. Until then, feel free to reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intellectual Property type #2 - Designs
The duration of a design right is 25 years from the date of filing. The renewal fees for the first year must be paid as registration fees upon the filing of an application. An industrial design right can be maintained by paying renewal fees. An article explaining more about the renewal process of Chinese utility models will be on our website in the near future. Until then, feel free to reach out to us on email@example.com.
Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Japan
In Japan, the patent renewal fee is paid from year 4. It is worth noting that In Japan you need to pay an additional renewal fee for each claim depending on the number of claims your patent application has.
For example, if a patent has an annuity due for year 4 as well as 11 claims, the formula will go as follows;
(6400.00 JPY for year 4) + (500.00 x 11) = 11900.00 JPY