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The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has just released its new "Quality Policy on Patent Examination". With the aim to grant globally reliable patents of high quality as fast as possible, the JPO already implemented the first step - reducing the time span between request for examination and first office action to 11 months - in March 2014.
As a next step, the JPO intends to not only further expedite the examination procedure but also to enhance its quality. For a full English version of the "Quality Policy on Patent Examination" please visit the JPO website.