We are pleased to announce that Mr. Felix-Reinhard Einsel and Mr. Hiroshi Morita have been recommended in the practice area of “Intellectual Property: Independent Local Firms” in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 editorial. Mr. Einsel has been highlighted as a patent attorney who has an “excellent understanding of the demands of [the] European industry” and a “broad knowledge of and experience in relevant Japanese law, German and European law” and Mr. Morita has been recognized for leading the chemistry and pharmaceutical team with his extensive IP experience in the life-science field.

Please click here the Website of the legal 500 for more details.

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Amendment of the fee for examination request (As of April 1, 2019)

Due to an enforcement of a revision regarding unfair competition law etc. in Japan, the fee for examination request for patent applications will increase from April 1, 2019.

This new fee will be applied to patent applications filed on or after April 1, 2019. The details of the amendment are as follows:

Ordinary patent application filed in Japan:

   ¥138,000 + ¥4,000/claim instead of ¥118,000 + ¥4,000/claim

PCT applications where the international search report has been established by an International Searching Authority other than the JPO (under the PCT):

   ¥124,000 + ¥3,600/claim instead of ¥106,000 + ¥3,600/claim

Please note that for divisional applications and converted applications, the original application will not be retroactive with respect to the fee for examination request, i.e. the new fee will be applied to divisional applications and converted applications which are to be filed on or after April 1, 2019.

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Notice: Year End Holiday

Please note that our office will be closed during following year-end holiday period:


Monday, December 31, 2018 to Thursday, January 3, 2019


A calendar showing our business days from January 4, 2019 can be found here.


We wish you a very happy holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2019!

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Mr. Martin Krause, a German and European Patent Attorney, joined our partner office in Hamburg.

Mr. Martin Krause, a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, started working at Einsel Attorney at Law und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, our partner office located in Hamburg, on 01 November 2018. Mr. Krause has extensive experience working for industrial enterprises in Germany, in particular in the automotive sector, and we are happy to see him return to private practice as a member of our Hamburg team.

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IP Practice: “Extension of Grace Period (exception of the loss of novelty) for inventions, utility models and designs”

The “Bill for Amendment of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law” in Japan, which was approved by the Cabinet on February 27, 2018, was passed on May 23, 2018. This amended law was promulgated on May 30, 2018 and will be implemented on June 9, 2018.


Due to this amendment, the time period regarding the exception of the loss of novelty, the so-called grace period, for inventions, utility models and designs will be extended from six months to one year (Patent Law Article 30, Utility Model Law Article 11, Design Law Article 4).


This new law will be applied to applications for patents, utility models and designs filed on and after June 9, 2018, which is the day the law goes into effect.


Please note, however, for applications made public on or before December 8, 2017, the revised Article 30 of the Patent Law or Article 4 of the Design Law will not be applied even if the relevant applications are filed on or after June 9, 2018.




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IP Stars 2017

We are pleased to announce that our firm was ranked in the practice area of “Patent Prosecution” in IP Stars 2017 issued by the Managing Intellectual Property.

Please click here for more details.

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Public Holidays – September 2016

Please note that Monday 19th September 2016 and Thursday 22nd September are public holidays in Japan. Our office will be closed on these days.


A list of all Japanese public holidays for the remaining year can be found on our contact page.

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