What do we offer?
Sonoda & Kobayashi can act as your payment agent for the payment of annuities/renewal fees in Japan.
These are fees that need to be paid to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) periodically in order to keep a patent, utility model, design or trademark active after it has been granted.
We can process large orders with hundreds of payments simultaneously, but also take care of a small number of cases on a systematic basis.
Our established procedures allow for efficiency and speed, while also adapting to the needs of individual clients.
What sets us apart?
For the most efficient and cost-effective processing of annuity/renewal payments, Sonoda & Kobayashi works with lists containing payment information. We can quickly scale-up to meet changes in the number of annuity payment requests sent by our client.
Using our software and qualified staff, we run a countercheck of the provided data against a database reflecting the JPO`s official data, to ensure all information is up-to-date. We report and correct differences between your order list and the third-party database.
We will send the client our initial payment confirmation, after which we will provide official receipts in digital or physical form, and offer our clients an overview of their monthly spending on official fees.
What does that mean for our clients?
Our clients benefit from a payment agent that reduces payment errors caused by incorrect data, and that clearly communicates the status of the payments.
Most importantly, our clients can profit from reduced prices the more cases they file with us.
The larger the volume of cases you ask us to handle, the better the price we can offer you.
Depending on the format provided, we can even give further discounts.