We have a PCT application, which needs to enter national phase within half a year.
We would like to submit the national phase application in Japan.
In the international phase, we also filed Article 19 amendment together with pre-examination request to correct poorly written original claims for better coverage. The international search report had great results but the pre-examination was rejected.
In the US national phase, we submitted only the original PCT application, disavowing Article 19 amendment. The US patent has been approved and we are now preparing a continuation patent application for better coverage by including some claims submitted in the Article 19 Amendment in the continuation patent application.
According to the US allowance letter, we should be able to use Patent Prosecution Highway program.
The patent is in the IT/software area.
I need to find an attorney in Japan to file the application and represent me.