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Collaboration with WIPO Japan Office

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), headquartered in Geneva, has an external office in Japan. The Japan Patent Office (JPO), in collaboration with the WIPO Japan Office, will contribute to improving the convenience of the IP system across the world.

WIPO External Offices

WIPO has external offices in seven countries worldwide, liaising with local organizations, promoting IP awareness, and disseminating WIPO’s services, tools, and platforms. WIPO also provides capacity building and technical assistance based on the needs of the area-of-responsibility.

The WIPO Japan Office

In 2006, the WIPO Japan Office was established in Tokyo. Its current main activities aim to:

Collaboration with WIPO Japan Office

The JPO collaborates with the WIPO Japan Office in various aspects. Some examples are provided below.

Support users of international patent / design / trademark system

In order to effectively utilize industrial property rights such as patents, designs, and trademarks, securing the rights in the country or region where the business is conducted is indispensable. The international patent / design / trademark system under the jurisdiction of WIPO makes it easier to obtain rights in foreign countries.

The JPO, jointly with the WIPO Japan Office, has been working to disseminate these systems in Japan. Specifically, the JPO, in cooperation with the WIPO Japan Office, offers explanations on these systems based on the latest information at seminars on the IP system for users. In addition, in collaboration with the WIPO Japan Office, the JPO aims to disseminate this system by responding to inquiries in Japanese and listening to the needs of individual companies.

Seminars on the IP system for users (Photo: WIPO Japan Office)
Seminars on the IP system for users
(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)

Number of inquiries to the WIPO Japan Office (Graph: WIPO Japan Office)
Number of inquiries to the WIPO Japan Office
(Graph: WIPO Japan Office)

Assistance to Developing Countries

The IP system in Japan has a long history and experiences of Japan can be beneficial to developing countries.

The JPO has continued making voluntary contributions to WIPO since 1987 and has established a trust fund, Funds-in-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global (FIT Japan IP Global), based on these contributions.

Over the 34 years since FIT Japan IP Global was established, it has contributed a total amount of approximately 85 million CHF and provided assistance to more than 80 countries.

Through FIT Japan IP Global, the JPO supports the activities of the WIPO Japan Office, such as providing information to developing countries through IP Advantage database(External link、PDF) (a database of IP Case Studies), and fostering capacity building in developing countries in the IP field through workshops. Along with this, the JPO also cooperates in the design of training programs.

Cases of activities supported by FIT Japan IP Global

Taita Basket, Kenya in IP Advantage (Photo: WIPO Japan Office)
Taita Basket, Kenya in IP Advantage
(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)

Short Term Fellowship Program (Assignment to a Patent Attorney Office)(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)
Short Term Fellowship Program (Assignment to a Patent Attorney Office)
(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)

Training for developing countries(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)
Training for developing countries
(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)

WIPO GREEN

WIPO GREEN is a global initiative administered by WIPO to promote the development and dissemination of environmental technologies.

The JPO, which joined WIPO GREEN as a partner in February 2020, is working together with the WIPO Japan Office, which has been promoting this initiative for several years, to spread it throughout Japan and to increase the number of partners. By the end of August 2021, more than 6,800 environmental technologies, needs and experts were registered, with over 120 partners from around the world participating. The number of WIPO GREEN Partners from Japan is the largest in the world, with 31 institutions and organizations (as of the end of August, 2021).


Signing ceremony of partnership agreement

Short Term Fellowship Program (Assignment to a Patent Attorney Office)(Photo: WIPO Japan Office)
Partner participation of Tokai National Higher Education and Research System (Photo: WIPO Japan Office)

[Last updated 6 September 2021]

Contact Information

International Organization Section

International Policy Division

TEL:81-3-3581-1101 (ex. 2567)

FAX:81-3-3581-0762
 

Policy Planning and Coordination Department

Japan Patent Office