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JPO bucks trend by cutting filing fees

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

The Japan Patent Office says it will cut patent fees by an average of 12% and lower trade mark fees by 43% in the first half of this year

An official from the Office confirmed to MIP Week that the reductions are designed to encourage more small and medium sized businesses to protect their IP in Japan.

The official said that the fee for a patent application would be...

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