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Welcome to the website of Inoue & Associates

Introductory Statement

Inoue & Associates (located within 1 minute walk from the Japan Patent Office) is an intellectual property (IP) firm having more than 35 years of experience in international IP business.

We are a modest-sized IP firm composed of members each having profound knowledge about the legal aspect of IP and the technologies involved therein as well as excellent skill in actual IP practice, such that high quality services can be offered constantly at a reasonable price.  Each one of our staff members is so trained as to be able to always provide high quality IP-related services including production of documents having a clear and logical construction whether they are in English or Japanese and irrespective of urgency or technical difficulties involved in particular cases.

Over the years, we have built up a solid reputation for our ability to efficiently acquire and protect IP rights in Japan.

We are confident that we can provide higher quality IP services than any other IP firms in Japan.


Features of Inoue & Associates

For acquiring and protecting patent rights, everything starts from the claims and specification of a patent application or a granted patent.  Whether a patent application can be granted with a desired protective scope or a granted patent can survive the challenge from a third party depends utterly on how good the claims and specification have been drafted in the first place.

Invalidation of patents, unexpectedly narrow scope of protection, defeat in infringement suit … all such undesired outcome could have been avoided only if the patent application had been better drafted. 

In the case of Japanese patent applications filed by non-Japanese entities, the claims and specification are usually translations from the non-Japanese texts of the first filed foreign applications or PCT applications. 

From this perspective, the translation of the patent claims and specification is actually more than just a translation and is practically tantamount to the preparation of a legal document which serves as a basis for seeking patent protection.  For this reason, the translation should be done with utmost care by IP professionals such as experienced patent attorneys or paralegals

And that is what we do and is not done by most of the IP firms in Japan

 

Problems related to traditional way of handling patent applications from outside Japan

In typical Japanese IP firms, applications from foreign clients are handled by a team of an IP professional (a patent attorney or a paralegal) and a translator. For example, the translation of a PCT specification for the Japan national phase entry is often carried out by one who is the least experienced in the IP firm or even by an outside translator.

The IP professions work on legal matters based on the translations prepared by translators which are not always so good or of a rather poor quality in many cases. This manner of handling patents is disadvantageous not only from the aspect of efficiency but also from the aspect of cost because poor translations of course make the entire procedure unnecessarily complicated and high translation fees are required even if the translations are not so good. Such inefficient and problematic practice as mentioned above has become customary because many Japanese IP professionals are not good at writing in English or even reading English documents, and the English-to-Japanese translations are generally assigned to beginners.

Consequently, many Japanese IP professionals have to rely on poor translations in their works, thus falling into a vicious cycle. It is not surprising even if patent applications from foreign clients are handled by those who do not fully understand what is disclosed in the original specification nor the clients’ instructions given in English during the prosecution of the application. For years, this has been a serious problem as far as the patent applications from outside Japan are concerned.

Our Solution

Such problems as mentioned above will never happen in the case of Inoue & Associates. Every one of our staff members has gone through very hard training and long actual experience to acquire ability to handle the IP cases alone from drafting patent specifications whether they are in Japanese or English to dealing with various procedures relating to patent applications or registered patents. We do not need and actually do not use any translator. Even in the case of foreign patent applications (in US, EP etc.) filed by Japanese applicants through our firm, the US or European patent attorneys often use our draft documents without any substantial change. That is, the documents drafted by Inoue & Associates as such are often submitted to the USPTO or the EPO.

There is no magic formula for acquiring good IP rights. This can be achieved only by hard work and skill obtainable through long and rich experience as always required in any fields for realizing high quality services.

Inoue & Associates is one of the very limited number of Japanese IP firms capable of constantly offering high quality IP services at a reasonable price. There has been and will be no compromise in the quality of services we provide to our clients and, for this very reason, we have been trusted by many foreign clients as well as domestic clients.

Our skill in IP business is highly esteemed by our clients including two famous Japanese professors emeriti, Dr. Nobuatsu Watanabe and Dr. Hidefumi Hirai, whose recommendations are shown in this web site. Further, if requested, we will be able to show you copies of some letters from various US and EP attorneys praising our abilities.

Our highly-skilled staff members will surely be of great help to your establishment of strong and valuable intellectual property portfolio while reducing cost.

If you are not sure, try us and we promise that we will never fall short of your expectations. You will immediately realize that we are dedicated to efficient acquisition and protection of your valuable intellectual properties and have skills to achieve this goal.

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Samples

The following is a list of some examples of US patents obtained through our firm.

We suppose that it might be rather difficult for most of the non-Japanese clients to evaluate the quality of our works done for Japanese IP rights.

For such non-Japanese clients, the US patents listed may be useful for evaluating our abilities. We always dedicate tremendous efforts to draft English claims and specifications properly. For example, in the case of PCT applications, we draft Japanese specifications for PCT based on Japanese patent applications which had often been prepared and filed through other Japanese IP firms or by Japanese applicants themselves.

We usually make considerable modifications to the original Japanese specifications and claims for filing PCT applications. Especially in the case where the basic Japanese application has not been filed through our firm, we thoroughly check the application and usually redraft the claims into a form which has more clear and logical construction and can cover a desired protective scope, and also redraft the specification by supplementing information necessary to enable the invention or information which might be useful in the later prosecution stage for overcoming possible rejections.

Therefore, it can be said that, in many cases, the US patents are our translations of the Japanese language PCT specifications drafted by our firm.

We sometimes ask US patent attorneys to check our drafts of English specifications, but they usually find that no substantial change is necessary.

In addition, during the prosecutions of the foreign patent applications, our draft responses (amendments and arguments) are usually submitted to the patent offices without any substantial changes or with only minor changes.

Consequently, we believe that the US patents listed here would be of great help for you to evaluate our skills in IP business.

The documents which we prepare have been highly esteemed by the foreign patent attorneys.

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《拒絶理由通知、特許査定》

拒絶理由通知(和英)

原文:

 

拒絶理由通知書

特許出願の番号      特願2009-XXXXXX

起案日          平成21年XX月XX日

特許庁審査官       XX XX        3409 2J00

特許出願人代理人     XX XX 様

適用条文         第29条第2項

 

 この出願は、次の理由によって拒絶をすべきものです。これについて意見がありましたら、この通知書の発送の日から60日以内に意見書を提出してください。

理 由

 

 この出願の下記の請求項に係る発明は、その出願前日本国内又は外国において頒布された下記の刊行物に記載された発明又は電気通信回線を通じて公衆に利用可能となった発明に基いて、その出願前にその発明の属する技術の分野における通常の知識を有する者が容易に発明をすることができたものであるから、特許法第29条第2項の規定により特許を受けることができない。

記 (引用文献等は引用文献等一覧参照)

 ・請求項6 に対して 引用文献1,2

  請求項6には、「請求項1の方法を実施するために用いるシステムであって」と記載されているが、この記載は、システムの構成を限定するものではない。

 引用文献1には、被検査体の内部を減圧し、超音波を用いて被検査体の内圧を測定し、漏洩孔の有無を検査する装置が開示されている。

 そして、引用文献2には、圧力を超音波の位相差に基づいて測定する構成が開示されており、また、どのような手法により圧力を測定するかは、当業者が適宜選択すべき事項である。

 してみれば、引用文献1に記載の発明において、引用文献2に記載の圧力測定を採用することで、本願請求項6に係る発明とすることは、当業者にとって容易に想到し得ることである。

 よって、引用文献1,2に記載の発明に基いて、本願請求項6に係る発明とすることは、当業者にとって容易に想到し得ることである。


<拒絶の理由を発見しない請求項>

 請求項1-5に係る発明については、現時点では、拒絶の理由を発見しない。

拒絶の理由が新たに発見された場合には拒絶の理由が通知される。

引 用 文 献 等 一 覧

1.特開2004-XXXXX号公報

2.特開2002-XXXXXX号公報

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先行技術文献調査結果の記録

・調査した分野  IPC G01M3/00-3/40

             G01L11/00-11/06

・先行技術文献 

  特開2006-XXXXX号公報

  特開昭60-XXXXXX号公報

 この先行技術文献調査結果の記録は、拒絶理由を構成するものではない。

 この拒絶理由通知の内容に関するお問い合わせ、または面接のご希望がございましたら下記までご連絡下さい。

特許審査第1部 材料分析  XXXX

TEL.03(XXXX)XXXX 内線XXXX

 

英訳文:

Notification of Reasons for Refusal

Patent Application No.:    2009-XXXXXX

Drafting Date:   XXXXXX, 2009

Examiner:   XXXXXXX         3409 2J00

Agent for Applicant:  XXXXX XXXXXXX

Articles of the Patent Law applied to: Article 29, item 2

     The present application should be rejected for the following reasons.  A response to this notification, if any, should be filed within 60 days from the date of mailing of this notification. 

REASONS

     The invention of the below-mentioned claim of the present application could be easily made by those having ordinary skill in the art, based on either an invention described in the below-mentioned publications which were distributed prior to the filing date of the present application in Japan or in a foreign country or an invention which became available to the public through electric telecommunication lines prior to the filing date of the present application.  Therefore, the invention of the below-mentioned claim of the present application should not be patented under Article 29, item 2 of the Patent Law.

NOTE (References cited herein are listed below)

• Claim 6  -  to be rejected over References 1 and 2

     Claim 6 has a description reading: “a system for practicing the method of claim 1”.  However, this description does not limit the construction of the system.

     Reference 1 discloses an apparatus for performing a method comprising decompressing the inside of a test subject and measuring the internal pressure of the test subject by using an ultrasonic wave, to thereby determine the presence or absence of a leak hole.

     Reference 2 discloses a construction for measuring a pressure, based on a phase difference of ultrasonic waves.  Those having ordinary skill in the art may appropriately choose how to measure a pressure.

     Thus, it would be easy for those having ordinary skill in the art to use the pressure measurement technique of Reference 2 in the invention of Reference 1, to thereby make the invention of claim 6 of the present application.

     Therefore, based on the inventions of References 1 and 2, the invention of claim 6 of the present application would have been easily conceived by those having ordinary skill in the art.


     At present, there has been found no reason to reject claims 1 to 5.

     A further office action will be issued when there is found any reason to reject claims 1 to 5.

List of references cited

1.   Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open Specification No. 2004-XXXXX

2.   Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open Specification No. 2002-XXXXXX

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Record of the results of the prior art search

• Field searched   IPC  G01M3/00-3/40

                           G01L11/00-11/06

• Prior art documents  

     Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open Specification No. 2006-XXXXX

     Unexamined Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open Specification No. Sho 60-XXXXXX

      The above record of the prior art search does not constitute the reasons for rejection.

      If there is any question about the content of this notification of reasons for rejection or if an interview is desired, please contact the following person.

Examination Division 1, Materials Analysis, XXXXX XXXXX

TEL 03(XXXX)XXXX  Extension XXXX

 

特許査定(和英)

原文:

特許査定

特許出願の番号      特願2007-XXXXXX

起案日          平成20年 X月XX日

特許庁審査官       XX XX        9130 2B00

発明の名称        XXXXシステム

請求項の数         13

特許出願人        XXXX株式会社

 

 この出願については、拒絶の理由を発見しないから、特許査定をします。

 

部長/代理  審査長/代理 審査官    審査官補    分類確定官 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     

1.出願種別        通常

2.参考文献        有

3.特許法第30条適用   無

4.発明の名称の変更    無

5.国際特許分類(IPC)

          A01G 31/00   606,
          A01G 27/00   502K,
          A01G 27/00   502L=
          A01G 13/00   302Z  

6.菌寄託

7.出願日の遡及を認めない旨の表示

参考情報

特許出願の番号      特願2007-XXXXXX 

1.調査した分野(IPC,DB名) 

 A01G  31/00
 A01G  27/00
 A01G  13/00     

2.参考特許文献

 特開2003-XXXXXX             (JP,A)
 特開2006-XXXXXX             (JP,A)    

3.参考図書雑誌

英訳文:

DECISION TO GRANT A PATENT

Patent Application No.: 2007-XXXXX

Drafting Date:          XXXXXX, 2008

Examiner:               XXXXXX XXXXXX, 9130 2B00

Title of the Invention: XXXXX system

Number of Claims:       13

Applicant:              XXXXX

 

No reason for rejection is found concerning the present application and, hence, a patent is granted.

 

(Acting) Division Manager   (Acting) Examiner-in-chief   Examiner   Assistant Examiner   Classification-finalizing officer  
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     

1.   Type of application                      General

2.   References                               Yes

3.   Application of Art. 30 of the Patent Law       No

4.   Change of Title of the Invention               No

5.   International Patent Classification (IPC)
                 A01G 31/00 606,
                 A01G 27/00 502K,
                 A01G 27/00 502L=
                 A01G 13/00 302Z 

6.   Depository of microorganisms

7.   Indication that the retroaction of the filing date is not permitted

Reference information

Patent Application No. 2007-XXXXXX

1.   Searched Field (IPC, DB name)
     A01G  31/00
     A01G  27/00
     A01G  13/00

2.   Reference patent document
     JP 2003-XXXXXX        (JP,A)
     JP 2006-XXXXXX        (JP,A)

3.   Reference literature/journal

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