patent procedure in general

Patent procedure:

1.Filing a patent application
2.Filing a request for examination
3.Filing Remarks and/or Amendment if receiving a "Notification of Reasons for Refusal"(i.e. Office Action)
4.Pay Patent registration fee if receiving a "Decision to grant a patent"(i.e. Allowance)

Language of applications is Japanese. English applications are acceptable if Japanese translation is filed within 2 months from the filing date.
Request For Examination can only be filed within 3 years from the filing date. No extension.