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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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Appeal against the Decision for Rejection

Q1. We understand that an Appeal can be filed against the Decision for Rejection.  What are the steps necessary for filing an Appeal?

A1.  Firstly, a Notice of Appeal, which is a formal document requesting the initiation of Appeal Proceedings, is filed by the deadline which is three months (for Applicants residing in Japan) or four months (for foreign Applicants) from the dispatch date of the Decision for Rejection. 

Further, any amendment  (if any) must be filed simultaneously with the filing of the Notice of Appeal.  (In the case of patent applications filed on or before March 31, 2007, divisional applications can be filed only simultaneously with the filing of the Notice of Appeal.  In the case of parent patent applications filed on or after April 1, 2007, divisional applications can be filed either before, simultaneously with or after the filing of the Notice of Appeal as long as it is before the expiration of the above-mentioned deadline for filing the Notice of Appeal.)  With respect to the amendment, please note that there is a restriction to the permissible claim amendments.  Please see section “Restriction to Permissible Claim Amendments after Final Rejection” for more details.

Next, any arguments, reference materials and/or experimental reports are filed as an Appeal Brief (i.e., Reasons for Appeal).  The Appeal Brief can be filed either simultaneously with the Notice of Appeal or after the filing of the Notice of Appeal.  When the Appeal Brief is not filed with the Notice of Appeal, the due date for filing the Appeal Brief will be set by the Japan Patent Office, and it is usually about 2 months from the filing date of the Notice of Appeal.

Q2. Is it possible to obtain any extension of deadline for filing the Notice of Appeal or the Appeal Brief?

A2.  No.  The deadlines for filing a Notice of Appeal and an Appeal Brief are non-extensible

Q3. Is it possible to submit new experimental data in the appeal stage?

A3.  Yes.  Any experimental data can be filed together with the Appeal Brief except that effectiveness of data may vary depending on the purpose of the data.

Submission of data for demonstrating novelty and/or inventive step of an invention over prior art is effective if the data itself is appropriate for this purpose; whereas data submitted at the appeal stage cannot compensate for the lack of enabling disclosure or lack of support in the specification, and such data are usually dismissed as late filed.

The Japanese patent system does not allow for applicants to establish the enabling disclosure requirement and/or supporting disclosure requirement through later-filed evidence. That is, these requirements must be satisfied by the patent application as filed, and later-filed data for making up the deficiency in this respect will not be admitted by the JPO.

Q4. Is there an opportunity to file additional amendments and/or divisional applications after the filing of the Notice of Appeal?

A4.  Concerning additional amendments after the filing of the Notice of Appeal, such additional amendments are admissible only when the applicant responds to a Notice of Rejection which may or may not be issued in the appeal stage.   That is, the applicant may not be given any opportunity to file an amendment after the filing of the Notice of Appeal.  Therefore, it is safer to consider that the time of filing of the Notice of Appeal is substantially the last chance to file amendments.

On the other hand, as mentioned in A1 above, in the case of patent applications filed on or after April 1, 2007, divisional applications may be filed even after the filing of the Notice of Appeal as long as it is before the expiration of the deadline for filing the Notice, i.e., three months (for Applicants residing in Japan) or four months (for foreign Applicants) from the dispatch date of the Decision for Rejection.

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Divisional Application

Q1. Is it possible to file a divisional application from a pending Japanese patent application?

A1.  A divisional application can be filed from a pending Japanese patent application, but periods for filing a divisional application depends on the filing date of the parent application.

 Divisional application from a parent application filed on or before March 31, 2007 can be filed: 

  (1) any time until the 1st Office Action is issued by the Patent Office,

  (2) within a period for filing a response to an Office Action, and

  (3) simultaneously with the filing of a Notice of Appeal.

 Divisional application from a parent application filed on or after April 1, 2007 can be filed: 

  (1) any time until the 1st Office Action is issued by the Patent Office,

  (2) within a period for filing a response to an Office Action,

  (3) within a period when a Notice of Appeal can be filed against the Decision for Rejection (*note that a divisional application can be filed within this period even without the actual filing of a Notice of Appeal or even after the filing of the Notice of Appeal), and

  (4) within 30 days from the issuance of a Decision to Grant.

Q2. Our patent application in Japan was granted as a result of an Appeal against the Decision for Rejection.  Is it possible to file a new divisional application from the granted patent application?

A2.  No.  Regardless of the filing date of the parent application, when an Appeal is filed, a divisional application cannot be filed any longer after the final decision.

Q3. Is the filing of only claims sufficient for filing a divisional application?

A3.  Not only claims, but the whole specification including drawings and sequence listing (if any) is required.  Further, filing of an explanatory Written Statement on the divisional application for explaining (1) supports for the claims, and (2) differences between the parent application and the present divisional application is required by the Japan Patent Office. 

Q4. Is it acceptable to first file a divisional application with the same claims as the patent application and then later amend the claims? 

A4.  Yes, it is acceptable as long as the claims are to be amended later during the prosecution of the divisional so as not to overlap with those of the parent because no double patenting is permitted. 

The Applicant is requested to file a Written Statement for explaining how the divisional differs from the parent, etc.   The Statement should be filed earlier than or simultaneously with the filing of a request for examination.

Further, in the case of a divisional application from a parent application filed on or after April 1, 2007, the claims of such a divisional application (which may be submitted as amendment after filing of the divisional) should be drafted so as to remove all of the reasons for rejection issued against the parent.  When the examiner finds that the claims of the divisional can be rejected on the same ground as the parent, the first Notice of Rejection is made final, and permissible claim amendments are restricted as in the case of the "amendment after final Rejection".  Please see item “Restriction to Permissible Claim Amendments After Final Rejection” for more details.

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Trademarks

Q1. If a trademark application is to be filed in Japan claiming Convention Priority based on a non-Japanese application, is the priority period one year as in patent applications? 

A1.  No. For filing a trademark application in Japan claiming Convention priority, the priority period is six (6) months, instead of one year, from the filing of the priority application. 

Q2. Are there any specific points to be noted for registering a trademark in Japan?

A2.  Some of the points to be noted for registering a trademark in Japan are as follows.

(1)  Goods and services acceptable in Japan:  In the case of trademark registration in Japan via Madrid protocol, the JPO may object to the indications of goods/services in the International Register as being too vague even if they should be acceptable under the NICE Agreement.  This is because the JPO relies on its own list of goods and services as prescribed in the examination standards.  For example, “Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water” found in the NICE Classifications is not found acceptable by the JPO, and it should be amended to “Aircraft; automobiles; bicycles; motorcycles; rolling stock for railways; ships”.  The amendment of indications is possible as long as it is within the scope of the original Madrid protocol application. 

(2)  Requirement for use of trademark:  A registrable trademark in Japan is a trademark which is being used or which is intended to be used in the near future.  When the range of the goods and services listed in one class is too broad, the trademark will be rejected because the veracity of use or intention of use of the trademark becomes doubtful.

(3)  Registrable subject matter:  Currently, sounds, smells, colors, textures, tastes and movements are not registerable as trademarks in Japan.  (However, the JPO is planning to submit a bill to revise the trademark law to the Japanese Diet in 2013.  So, registration of the mentioned subjects as trademarks may become possible in the near future.)

Q3. Are there any means to accelerate examination of a trademark application in Japan?

A3. Yes.  A request for accelerated examination can be filed anytime after the filing of your trademark application, and the request should be granted as long as the following condition 1 or 2 is met .

Condition 1 : Actual use of trademark and need for quick registration 

You or your licensee is already using your trademark for the goods or services designated in your application, or are preparing to use the trademark, AND

The trademark rights need to be granted urgently due to any one or more of the following reasons:

   1) A third party is using a trademark which is the same or similar to your trademark without authorization from you or your licensee, in connection with designated goods or services that are the same or similar to the goods and services for which you or your licensee has been using the trademark, or for which you or your licensee has prepared to a considerable degree to use the trademark.

   2) A third party has given a warning with respect to the use of your trademark.

   3) A third party is demanding an agreement to their use of your trademark.

   4) You have also applied for the trademark registration at a Patent Office other than the Japan Patent Office (JPO), or to an intergovernmental organization.

Condition 2:  Use of trademark only for designated goods or services

Your application designates only the goods and services for which you or your licensee is already using the trademark or you or your licensee is preparing to use the trademark.

Q4. What are the documents necessary for filing a request for accelerated examination for a trademark application in Japan? 

A4.  A document entitled "Explanation of the Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination” should be filed together with evidence(s) showing that the above-mentioned Condition 1 or 2 is fulfilled by the trademark application. 

Q5. What are the specifics of the individual fee system for a trademark registration via Madrid Protocol designating Japan. 

A5.  The JPO has adopted an individual fee consisting of two parts in accordance with Rule 34(3)(a) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Protocol.

First part of the individual fee:  This corresponds to an application fee, and is paid at the time of international registration or the subsequent designation. 

Second part of the individual fee:  This corresponds to a registration fee, and is paid within the prescribed period mentioned in the notification issued with the Notice of Grant.  Failure of payment results in cancellation of the designation of Japan in the international registration.

Both fees are to be paid directly to the International Bureau of the WIPO.

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