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Patent Submission

What is a patent evaluation?

  • A patent evaluation is for the determination of essentiality by an independent third party as to whether a certain patent is essential to realize the functions and usages set out in the specific technical standards. The evaluator of essentiality under the ARIB Essential Patent License is the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center ("JIPAC").

  • The JIPAC will appoint one attorney-at-law (bengoshi) and one patent attorney (benrishi) for each evaluation, and both experts will cooperatively conduct such patent evaluation.

On what basis is the essentially of patent evaluation?

  • The essentiality will be evaluated based on the standards and technical reports relating to reception and transmission of digital broadcasting.

  • Please click here for further details of the applicable standards.

How can a patent holder submit a patent for patent evaluation?

  • Any party is invited to submit a patent to the JIPAC by submitting an application form, documents and evaluation fees.

  • The application form and related documents are available in the Japanese language only.

    Documents Necessary for Patent Evaluation Original Copies
    Application form for patent evaluation 1 2
    Documents which a patent holder believes show the grounds for essentiality 1 2
    Certified copy of patent registration 1 2
    Complete file wrapper 1 2
    (If a patent holder is a corporation) certificate of qualification of the representative, or a certificate of commercial registration 1 -
    (If a patent holder appoints an attorney) power of attorney 1 -
    Letter of Consent 1 -
  • Fee for an evaluation (Tax excluded) shall be calculated based on the number of claims which a patent holder believes are essential.

    Up to two claims

    762,000 yen  

    Three to four claims

    952,000 yen  

    More than four claims

    952,000 yen plus 95,000 yen for each additional claim

    (Example) If six claims are included in the application, the fee will be 1,142,000 yen (= 952,000 yen + 95,000 yen x 2).

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