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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Patent Fee Subsidies by Tokyo Government

On August 9, 2006, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced its schemes, for small and medium sized companies within Tokyo, to give subsidies relating to the fees for foreign patent applications and the survey costs for patent infringement inflicted overseas.

It says that a half of its cost could be subsidized, with the caps of JPY 3 million for the applications scheme, and JPY 2 million for the infringement one, respectively. The fees for filing, attorney, and translation could be covered for the former, and for the latter the costs for infringement survey and attorney’s fees for expert opinion or warning could be covered.

Reportedly a few prefectures also offer similar programs other than Tokyo, though there is not in the Government of Japan.

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