Help is much appreciated.
I am a poor engineer trying to patent something on my own.
I wrote and filed a US provisional application, then I wrote a PCT application and chose EPO as the Receiving Office. I chose to be part of the IP5 program for compound WOISA. Offices that contributed were US, China, Japan, Korea, and the EPO. After receiving the WOISA report from the EPO (including opinions from the rest of offices), I filed a demand for Chapter II (article 34), selecting the EPO as IPEA. After two office actions and a few amendments I received a positive IPRP, meaning that all my amended claims passed the preliminary exam for novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability.
I did all this on my own, it's my first patent.
Now I want to enter national phase in US and EU for sure, and I am considering China and Japan as well given the market size.
It's month 28 now. I believe that filing and prosecution in the US and EU I can do myself, given what I got so far. But for China and Japan I would need to translate the patent and file + prosecute there.
Is there any affordable way I can do China and Japan? (I don't speak or read or write Japanese or Chinese languages)