実用新案法第三章

第三章審査 Chapter III Examination

第三章実用新案技術評価 Chapter III Utility Model Technical Opinion

第十二条(実用新案技術評価の請求)Article 12(Request for Utility Model Technical Opinion)

1 実用新案登録出願又は実用新案登録については、何人も、特許庁長官に、その実用新案登録出願に係る考案又は登録実用新案に関する技術的な評価であつて、第三条第一項第三号及び第二項(同号に掲げる考案に係るものに限る。)、第三条の二並びに第七条第一項から第三項まで及び第七項の規定に係るもの(以下「実用新案技術評価」という。)を請求することができる。この場合において、二以上の請求項に係る実用新案登録出願又は実用新案登録については、請求項ごとに請求することができる。

(1) With regard to an application for a utility model registration or a utility modelregistration, any person may file with the Commissioner of the Patent Office a petition requesting a technical opinion as to the registrability of the device claimedin the application or of the registered utility model in the light of the provisions ofArticle 3 1 iii ( )( ) and (2) (limited to its application based on a device falling underArticle 3(1)(iii)), Article 3-2, and paragraphs (1) to (3) of Article 7 and (7)(such opinion is hereinafter referred to as "Utility Model Technical Opinion") .Similarly, in respect of applications or registered utility models that contain two ormore claims, such a petition may be filed for each claim.

2 前項の規定による請求は、実用新案権の消滅後においても、することができる。ただし、実用新案登録無効審判により無効にされた後は、この限りでない。

(2) A petition under the preceding paragraph may be filed even after the lapse ofthe utility model right; provided, however, that this shall not apply after the utilitymodel right has been invalidated in a trial for invalidation of utility modelregistration.

3 前二項の規定にかかわらず、第一項の規定による請求は、その実用新案登録に基づいて特許法第四十六条の二第一項の規定による特許出願がされた後は、することができない。

(3) Notwithstanding the preceding two paragraphs, a petition under paragraph (1)shall not be allowed after a patent application based on the utility modelregistration is filed under Article 46-2(1) of the Patent Act.

4 特許庁長官は、第一項の規定による請求があつたときは、審査官にその請求に係る実用新案技術評価の報告書(以下「実用新案技術評価書」という。)を作成させなければならない。

(4) Where a petition under paragraph (1) is filed, the Commissioner of the PatentOffice shall direct an examiner to prepare a written report containing a UtilityModel Technical Opinion (hereinafter referred to as "Report of Utility ModelTechnical Opinion").

5 特許法第四十七条第二項の規定は、実用新案技術評価書の作成に準用する。

(5) Article 47(2) of the Patent Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to preparation ofReports of Utility Model Technical Opinion.

6 第一項の規定による請求は、取り下げることができない。

(6) A petition under paragraph (1) may not be withdrawn.

7 実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者でない者から第一項の規定による請求があつた後に、その請求に係る実用新案登録(実用新案登録出願について同項の規定による請求があつた場合におけるその実用新案登録出願に係る実用新案登録を含む。)に基づいて特許法第四十六条の二第一項の規定による特許出願がされたときは、その請求は、されなかつたものとみなす。この場合において、特許庁長官は、その旨を請求人に通知しなければならない。

(7) Where a petition under paragraph (1) was filed by a person who is neither theapplicant of the application for a utility model registration nor the holder of utilitymodel right, and then, a patent application under Article 46-2(1) of the Patent Act is filed based on the utility model registration with regard to which thepetition under paragraph (1) was filed (including the utility model registrationwhich has been granted based on the application for a utility model registrationwith regard to which the petition under paragraph (1) was filed), the petitionshall be deemed not to have been filed. In this case, the Commissioner of thePatent Office shall notify thereof to the person who filed the petition.

第十三条 Article 13

1 特許庁長官は、実用新案掲載公報の発行前に実用新案技術評価の請求があつたときは当該実用新案掲載公報の発行の際又はその後遅滞なく、実用新案掲載公報の発行後に実用新案技術評価の請求があつたときはその後遅滞なく、その旨を実用新案公報に掲載しなければならない。

(1) Where a petition requesting a Utility Model Technical Opinion is filed, in thecase where such a petition is filed prior to issuance of the Utility Model Bulletin,the Commissioner of the Patent Office shall publish the fact thereof in a utilitymodel bulletin either at the time of issuance of the said Utility Model Bulletin orthereafter without delay, and in the case where such a petition is filed afterissuance of the Utility Model Bulletin, without delay after issuance of the UtilityModel Bulletin.

2 特許庁長官は、実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者でない者から実用新案技術評価の請求があつたときは、その旨を実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者に通知しなければならない。

(2) Where a petition requesting a Utility Model Technical Opinion is filed by aperson who is neither the applicant of the application for a utility modelregistration nor the holder of utility model right, the Commissioner of the PatentOffice shall notify the applicant of the application for a utility model registrationor the holder of utility model right thereof.

3 特許庁長官は、実用新案技術評価書の作成がされたときは、その謄本を、請求人が実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者であるときは請求人に、請求人が実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者でないときは請求人及び実用新案登録出願人又は実用新案権者に送達しなければならない。

(3) Where a Report of Utility Model Technical Opinion is prepared, theCommissioner of the Patent Office shall serve its certified copy, in the case wherethe person who filed the petition is either the applicant of the application for autility model registration or the holder of utility model right, to the person, and inthe case where the person who filed the petition is neither the applicant of theapplication for a utility model registration nor the holder of utility model right, tothe person and the applicant or the holder.