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Invention Day

What is “Invention Day”?

Invention Day is a day that Patent Monopoly Act which is the predecessor of the current Patent Law was promulgated on April 18, 1885 (year 18 of the Meiji Era) by Korekiyo Takahashi who served as the first Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office and others.

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln said, “the patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius,” in his lecture in 1859 which was in the previous year of assuming the presidency. The United States of America achieved great prosperity on the basis of the industries supported by patent system in the 20th centuries.

Also in Japan, since introduction of patent system, many inventors and researchers have conducted researches with efforts to find the best ways, created patents and made Japanese life useful. The patent system has played an important role in supporting Japanese technology and bringing about economic growth.

How about thinking of an importance of System of Industrial Property Rights which leads a new avenue taking this opportunity?

A poster for “Invention Day” in 2018.

(Image)  A poster for “Invention Day” in 2018.

The JPO created a poster for “Invention Day”. The JPO appreciates it if this poster would be posted or displayed in various places and it is with the greatest pleasure if you could think of the importance of System of Industrial Property Rights taking this opportunity.


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(image)”The Invention Day” in 2018 banner

[Last updated 4 April 2018]