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Why We Are at the Highest Level

Our Quality of patent application representation has been recognized as being at the highest level for several consecutive years.

How we are evaluated

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) annually publishes The Japan Patent Office Annual Report providing information on patent administration in Japan. In the Report, a data summary is presented showing names of certain patent firms based on a given standard for quality of patent firms as disclosed in the report. The quality of patent firms is evaluated by three aspects in each of the eight technical fields below (in the IPC section).

There are 24 areas to be evaluated in all, and we received recognition for exceeding the standard set by the JPO in 16 areas, resulting in having been rated at the highest level for several consecutive years since 2004.

For detailed information, click here The Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2006 and click here The Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2007 (The Report is only available in Japanese. In the Report, our former firm name is highlighted in yellow).

For the rank-ordered list, made by us, of patent firms that met the given standard in the Report, click here for 2006 and click here for 2007 (The lists are in English).

Three aspects and eight technical fields

8 technical fields:IPC section  A:Human necessities  B:Performing operations; Transporting  C:Chemistry; Metallurgy  D:Textiles;  E: Fixed constructions  F: Mechanical engineering; Lighting; Heating; Weapons; Blasting  G: Physics  H: Electriciity
1.Achieving a high rate of patent grants2.Achieving a low rejection rate due to deficiency in the description3.Achieving a low rejection rate due to lack of novelty

Here are three aspects of the evalution

Achieving a high rate of patent grants

Achieving a high rate of patent grants

This is achieved by...

Our highly experienced and skilled patent attorneys and technical engineers with their collective knowledge and expertise covering a wide range of technical fields.

As such a well-staffed patent firm, we are confident in handling applications more appropriately. Moreover, although the high rate of patent grants may be achieved by unnecessarily narrowing a claim scope, this is not the case with us. The high rate of patent grants is achieved by our usual practice: we closely communicate with our clients in each specific case, allowing us to successfully assist the clients in obtaining a patent right as a wider scope as possible to the extent that the clients desire.

Our legally and technically proficient patent drafting skills best meet clients' needs and satisfaction.

1 Rate of patent grants:
The ratio of the granted patent applications relative to the sum of granted and rejected patents, including withdrawn and abandoned patents. A patent firm, with two or more attorneys, which meets both of the following criteria is listed.
i) The number of cases handled by a firm in each technical field is more than 0.1% of the overall cases handled by the firm
ii) The rate of patent grants is above the average of that of all the firms in the lists.

Achieving a low rejection rate due to deficiency in the description.

Achieving a low rejection rate due to deficiency in the description.

This is achieved by...

Our consulting skills and know-how on IP accumulated through years of experience, enabling us to draft strong patent claims having a wider scope as well as lower likelihood of being identified as having description deficiency.

Such a high-quality patent drafting services of ours are also beneficial in the case of a Japanese application entrusted from a foreign client.
For example, although a basic foreign application of the Japanese application complies with the patent practice in the foreign country, it may not comply with Japanese patent practice. Because of this difference in patent practice including description requirements, a Japanese translation simply translated from the basic foreign application may be identified as having description deficiency by JPO examiners.
In view of this type of identification, we are skillfully and carefully prepare the most appropriate Japanese translation in a various technical fields. In addition, we propose possible amendments by which likelihood of receiving examiners' identifications of description deficiency can be lowered and at the same time, a wider scope of patent claims can be maintained.

Our accumulated expertise assists you in achieving two objectives at the same time: maintaining a wider scope of patent and lowering likelihood of being identified as having description deficiency.

2 Rejection rate due to deficiency in the description:
The ratio of rejection under Japan Patent Law Article 36 relative to the sum of first office actions (e.g., Notification of Reason(s) for Rejection, Decision to Grant a Patent)
A patent firm, with two or more attorneys, which meets both of the following criteria is listed.
i) The number of cases handled by a firm in each technical field is more than 0.1% of the overall cases handled by the firm
ii) The rejection rate due to deficiency in the description is below the average of that of all the firms in the lists.

Achieving a low rejection rate due to lack of novelty.

Achieving a low rejection rate due to lack of novelty.

This is achieved by...

Our meticulous review and thorough consideration which are given to any applications, in diverse technical fields, we handle.

Even in the case of an invention considered to be very difficult to be granted a patent, we meticulously review configurations and functions of the invention from all possible aspects. Also, we review the invention in further detail to find points based on which we can strongly argue its patentability (such as effects by the invention).

Our meticulous review and thorough consideration make it possible to increase a possibility of obtaining advantageous patents for clients, even in the case of applications in which lack of patentability (including lack of novelty) is identified by examiners.

3 Rejection rate due to lack of Novelty:
The ratio of rejection under Japan Patent Law Section 29(1) relative to the sum of first office actions (e.g., Notification of Reason(s) for Rejection, Decision to Grant a Patent)
A patent firm, with two or more attorneys, which meets both of the following criteria is listed.
i) The number of cases handled by a firm in each technical field is more than 0.1% of the overall cases handled by the firm
ii) The rejection rate due to lack of novelty is below the average of that of all the firms in the lists.

Our pride

As the highest level patent film in Japan, we are confident of provideing our valued clients with beneficial information on IP matters and professional advice in a wide range of technical fields.

We are always ready to serve our clients with the highest level of service possible.

 

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