By when the Japanese translation should be prepared for the patent application filed in a foreign language?

[:en]2 month grace period for filing Japanese translation (non-PCT route):

 

Application filings in foreign languages (non-PCT route):

 

1) Under the new rule, it is possible to file patent applications in English or other foreign languages.

 

2) The legal term for filing a Japanese translation remains 16 months from the priority date. However, under the new rule, even if a Japanese translation is not filed within the legal term, the JPO will notify applicants of the failure to file, and the applicants may file the Japanese translation within a 2 month grace period following the notification (that is, within about 18 months from the priority date in total). Please see the flowchart copied below.

 

 


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