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The International Design Registration System is available from May 13, 2015
The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, which stipulates the International Registration System for industrial designs, officially entered into force in Japan. Therefore, design rights can be acquired and managed in multiple member countries through simple procedures at low cost using this system.

JPO website details:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2015/0513_01.html
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Protection for New Types of Trademarks
The Japanese Trademark Law has been revised to allow registration of new types of trademarks, namely, Motion Mark, Hologram Mark, Color per se mark, Sound Mark, and Position Mark, as from April 1, 2015.

Please refer to the below JPO websites.
http://www.jpo.go.jp/seido/s_shouhyou/new_shouhyou.htm
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Fees for Patent Examination Requests to Be Revised Lower
JPO:Fees for Patent Examination Requests to Be Revised Lower

The revised fees will be eligible for patent examinations requested on and after August 1, 2011.

please refer to
http://www.jpo.go.jp/cgi/linke.cgi?url=/tetuzuki_e/ryoukin_e/feespatent_revised.htm
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