Everything you need to know about paying your patent renewal fees in Japan

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 contact@patentrenewal.com.

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 contact@patentrenewal.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

Written and Edited by Kumari Rupali Bansal & Christina Botes

Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Japan

The patent renewal fees increase each year;

Patent Year Official Renewal Fee for Patent (JPY) Official Renewal fee for each claim (JPY)
1
2
3
4 6400 500
5 6400 500
6 6400 500
7 19 300 1 500
8 19 300 1 500
9 19 300 1 500
10 55 400 4 300
11 55 400 4 300
12 55 400 4 300
13 55 400 4 300
14 55 400 4 300
15 55 400 4 300
16 55 400 4 300
17 55 400 4 300
18 55 400 4 300
19 55 400 4 300
20 55 400 4 300
Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640

Japan Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Japan?

The renewal fees for the patent’s first 3 years have to be settled upfront, and within 30 days from the decision to grant. From thereon, the annual fees for the 4th year and those to follow, will need to be settled before the end of the previous year.

What happens to a Japanese patent before it has been granted?

In Japan, no annuity payments are needed for pending applications.

What are the due dates and payment windows?

The renewal fees from the 4th year onwards fall on the anniversary of the grant date. There is no specified payment window before which the renewal fees must be paid. The renewal fees can be paid anytime before the due date.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?

Yes, it is possible to renew a Japanese patent after its deadline. A 6 month grace period is given from the patent’s renewal due date whereby, the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering the grace period you will incur a 100% surcharge for late payment. If you fail to meet the deadline for payment of the annual fees as well as the 6 month grace period, the patent will lapse.

Do I need assistance from the local council?

You can either appoint a local council registered with the JPO. Alternatively, one can also send a physical copy of the official patent renewal form alongside the payment proof made to the JPO.

How long do patents last in Japan?

Once a JP patent has been granted, you have the option to maintain the patent by paying for its renewal fees every subsequent year, starting from year 4. By settling the patent’s annual renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for 20 years from the date of filing. In short, a patent will last for 20 years from its date of filing, provided that it gets granted.

How can I contact the Japanese Patent Office?

You can get in touch with the Japan Patent Office via email or phone;

Email: helpdesk@j-platpat.inpit.go.jp, PA0842@jpo.go.jp    

Phone: (+81)3-3588-2751

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