Chapter I General Provisions
The purpose of this Act is to encourage devices by promoting the protection and the utilization of devices with respect to the shape or structure of an article or to the combination of articles, and thereby to contribute to the development of industries.
(1) "Device" in this Act shall refer to the creation of technical ideas utilizing the laws of nature.
(2) "Registered utility model" in this Act shall refer to a device for which a utility model registration has been granted.
(3) "Working" of a device in this Act shall refer to an act of manufacturing, using, assigning, leasing, exporting or importing, or offering for assignment or lease (including an act of displaying an article for the purpose of assignment or lease, the same shall apply hereinafter) an article relating to the device.
(Amendment of procedures)
(1) Any person who undertook the procedures with respect to an application for utility model registration or a request for utility model registration or other procedures relating to utility model registration (hereinafter simply referred to as "procedures") may make an amendment thereto only where the case is pending before the Japan Patent Office; provided, however, that the person may not make an amendment to the description, the scope of claims for a utility model registration, drawing(s) or the abstract attached to the application or a document provided in Article 43, paragraph (1) of the Patent Act (Act No.121 of 1959) as applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 8, paragraph (4) or Article 11, paragraph (1) (including the case where it is applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 43-2, paragraph (2) as applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 11, paragraph (1) (including the case where it is applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 43 -3, paragraph (3) of the said Act as applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 11, paragraph (1)) and Article 43-3, paragraph 3 of the said Act) after a period specified by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has lapsed.