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《拒絶理由通知、特許査定》

拒絶理由通知(和英)

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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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Exceptions to Lack of Novelty of Invention

Q1. We understand that Japan has a grace period for avoiding certain public disclosures from constituting prior art against a Japanese application.  How long is this grace period?

A1.  The grace period defined under Article 30 of the Japanese patent law (Exceptions to Lack of Novelty of Invention) is 6 months from the date of public disclosure.

Q2. What type of disclosures is capable of taking advantage of the Exceptions to Lack of Novelty of Invention in Japan?

A2.  According to current Article 30 of the Japanese patent law (effective as of April 1, 2012), virtually any disclosure, including “inventions made public at meetings and seminars, which are not academic conference designated by the Commissioner of the Patent Office, inventions made public on TV and radio, and inventions made public through sales”, are covered by the Exceptions to Lack of Novelty of Invention.  However, a patent publication is not a non-prejudicial disclosure.

Q3. Is the grace period applicable to scientific articles published on the web? 

A3.  The 6-month grace period is also applicable to electronic publications of scientific articles.  When a scientific article is published in the form of an electronic publication in advance to the publication in print, the 6-month grace period will start from the date of the electronic publication.  This rule applies not only to a free electronic publication, but also to an electronic publication which requires registered membership and/or purchase of the publication for accessing the electronic publication.

Q4. An invention has been published as a scientific article and a basic patent application has been filed in the US within 6 months from the publication of the scientific article.  Already 10 months have passed from the publication of the scientific article, but is it still possible to enjoy the benefit of the Japanese 6-month grace period by filing a Japanese patent application claiming the Paris convention priority from the basic US application filed within 6 months from the publication date? 

A4.  No.  Claiming of the Paris convention priority does not allow the filing date in Japan to date back for the purpose of grace period.  In other words, when a basic application is filed in other country within 6 months from the date of public disclosure, and a Japanese patent application claiming the convention priority from the basic application is filed after the expiration of the 6-months grace period, the Japanese patent application cannot enjoy the benefit of the grace period.

For receiving the benefit of the 6-month grace period in Japan, the Applicant must file within the 6-month grace period either one of the following applications:

   (1) Japanese national patent application*, or

   (2) PCT application designating Japan as one of the designated states. 

* Either a Japanese patent application or a PCT application claiming the convention priority from this Japanese patent application can be filed after the expiration of the grace period and still enjoy the benefit of the grace period.

Q5. What are the steps necessary for obtaining the benefit of the Japanese 6-month grace period?  

A5.  Necessary steps are explained separately for Japanese national patent application and PCT application.

Japanese national patent application:

A patent application is filed simultaneously with a Request for Grace Period within 6 months from the date of public disclosure.  Alternatively, the Request may be omitted by stating such effect in the patent application.

Next, a Document Verifying the Request, which is signed by all applicants, is filed within 30 days from the filing date of the patent application.  Filing of a specific evidence material (such as a copy of the scientific article disclosing the invention) is not required, but it is most advisable to file the evidence material with the Document.

PCT application designating Japan:

When a PCT application designating Japan as one of the designated states is filed within the 6 month grace period, such a PCT application will obtain the benefit of the grace period even when the PCT application enters the Japanese national phase after the expiration of the grace period (i.e., within non-extensible 30 month deadline).  In this case, both the Request for Grace Period and the Document Verifying the Request are filed within 30 days from the entry into the Japanese national phase. 

[Filing of the Request for Grace Period can be omitted when “Declaration as to Non-Prejudicial Disclosures or Exceptions to Lack of Novelty” (PCT Rule 4.17(v), 26ter.1) is made at the international stage.]

The Document Verifying the Request can be prepared at our end and forwarded for execution by the applicant(s). 

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Utility Models

Q1. What are the differences between a patent and a utility model in Japan? 

A1.  The utility model system in Japan like in other countries having this system is for protecting minor innovations which are often called “small inventions”.

The distinct features of the utility model system are:  

     that a utility model registration is only for protecting “devices” related to shape or construction of articles or combination of articles (in other words, other inventions, such as methods, chemical compounds and pharmaceuticals, cannot be protected under utility model act);

     that a utility model is registered without substantive examination; and

     that a duration of a registered utility model is only 10 years from the filing date of the utility model application.

Differences between a patent and a utility model are summarized in the following Table.

  Patent Utility Model
Subject of protection Devices, methods, chemical compounds, etc. Devices related to shape or construction of articles or combination of articles (Methods, chemical compounds, etc. cannot be protected)
Application documents required Specification including Claims and Abstract; and, if any, Drawing(s) (optional) Specification including Claims and Abstract; and Drawing(s) (not omissible)
Substantive examination Request for Examination must be filed within 3 years from the filing date No substantive examination; Registered when basic formal requirements are fulfilled
Time period required for registration Possibly, several years from filing of the Request for Examination About 4-6 months from the filing date
Duration of protection 20 years from the filing date (may be extended in some cases) 10 years from the filing date (non-extensible)
Enforcement of right Enforceable based on granted patent Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion” is necessary for enforcing the utility model right

 

Q2. What is a “Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion”?

A2.  The Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion is an assessment report about the registrability (novelty, inventive step, etc.) of a utility model application or a registered utility model.  This report is prepared by an Examiner of the Japan Patent Office upon request and payment of official fees.  Anyone (that is, not only the Applicant of the utility model, but also any third party) can validly file a request for the Report.

As explained in item “A1” above, a utility model is registered without a substantive examination.  In this connection, for an owner of a utility model to enforce the utility model right against an infringer, firstly, a warning accompanied by the Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion must be sent to the infringer.  Therefore, the above-mentioned Report is necessary for instituting an infringement suit in Japan.

Q3. Is it possible to convert a patent application into a utility model application?

A3.  Yes.  Conversion of a patent application into a utility model application is allowed if an appropriate step is taken within 3 months (for Applicants residing in Japan) or 4 months (for Applicants residing outside Japan) from the mailing date of the Decision for Rejection, or within nine years and six months from the filing date of the patent application, whichever expires earlier.  Such a converted utility model application is entitled to the benefit of the filing date of the original patent application, and the original patent application is deemed to be withdrawn.

Q4. Is it possible to convert a utility model application into a patent application?

A4.  Yes.  Conversion of a utility model application (or a registered utility model resulting therefrom) into a patent application is allowed if an appropriate step is taken within 3 years from the filing date of the utility model application.  However, it should be noted that such conversion is not allowed after the applicant (or an assignee) has filed a request for the above-mentioned Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion, or after a 30-day period has passed from the date of a first official notice advising that a third party has filed a request for the Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion.  Such a converted patent application is entitled to the benefit of the filing date of the original utility model application, and the original utility model application is deemed to be withdrawn.  (Such a converted patent application cannot be converted back into a utility model application.)

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