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How to Search for a Japanese Patent Prior Art
Locating or searching patent in Japanese is a very challenging and tricky task, and also costly, because of the complexity of Japanese patent system, huge number of patents stored at JPO, and language barrier. However, chances of uncovering pertinent prior art is quite high, because Japanese patent prior art is so difficult to search that a patent holder of a non-Japanese company mostly has not performed a thorough Japanese patent search before or after filling a patent application in the normal novelty / patentability search process, nor the patent examiner at USPTO due to the limited resource and time, and budget. In other words, Japanese patent prior art is an untouched gold mine in term of prior art information.
In this section, we provide some tips about Japanese patent search, including patent numbers search, patent validity search, novelty search, etc. using a few examples.
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Tips of Searching Patents in Japanese: