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Japan: Outline of Examination Guidelines available online

The JPO has recently published an "Outline of the Examination Guidelines for Patents and Utility Models" on its English website. The PDF document outlines the content of the more comprehensive Examination Guidelines with flowcharts and graphs. Inter alia, procedures for determining novelty and inventive step, requirements for description and claims as well as the concepts of secret prior art and unity of invention are explained.

For further details, please refer to the full text of the "Examination Guidelines for Patents and Utility Models".

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