These are from a patent related document and I can't understand very well.

They are used like these:

1) 特許庁長官殿 2) 出証意2012

Can anyone help me?

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    – yadokari
    Jun 11 '12 at 22:11
  • Are you sure the second one is not an abbreviated code of something? It looks so.
    – user458
    Jun 12 '12 at 0:29
  • Can you give some context of the second term?
    – fefe
    Jun 12 '12 at 1:29
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    Yes, the second one can be a code. I'm not sure. It is written in footer just like this: 出証意2012. Thank you for your help.
    – Ela Oktay
    Jun 12 '12 at 16:18

長官 is the top person of that institute. 殿 is a polite affix attached after people's name or title in business or formal occasions, contrasted with 様 used in personal occasions. For the second part, it is not an ordinary Japanese, and my guess is that it is an abbreviated code used for sorting the documents, shortened from something like "出願証 意匠 2012年" "proof of application, classification: design, submitted year: 2012".

証 may stand for something more or different.

  • I do not know if there is a word 出願証, but if there is, it probably means “certificate of application,” not “application form.” Jun 12 '12 at 0:55
  • @TsuyoshiIto It's more like "proof", but I took it that way. Do you have an alternative idea?
    – user458
    Jun 12 '12 at 0:57
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    I think that “proof of application” (a document which proves that you applied for something) is different from “application form” (a document you fill and submit to apply for something). Jun 12 '12 at 0:58
  • I have never said that 証 may stand for something different from “proof.” What I said is that 証 does not probably mean “form,” because you claimed so in an earlier revision of the answer. Jun 17 '12 at 20:38
  • @TsuyoshiIto Sorry.I edited it.
    – user458
    Jun 18 '12 at 0:49

特許庁長官殿 means “Commissioner, Patent Office” with a polite suffix, as you and sawa explained.

出証意 is not a word. From what I learned from the web, I think that it appears in a reference number of a certificate of application documents and acceptance of application (出願書類及び出願受付情報に関する証明書) for a design (意匠) in the form 出証意2012-1234567.


The first one may be translated as Commissioner Patent Office.

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