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Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2006

The Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2006 has been published to provide other countries and regions with information on patent administration in Japan. The English version of the Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2006 contains information extracted from the Japanese version, regarding JPO policies and statistical data.

Outline of the Annual Report 2006

The Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2006 consists of five parts. The first four parts are concerned with JPO policies. In the fifth part, statistical data is displayed.



Table of Contents(PDF:515KB)

Part 1 Trends of Industrial Property Rights(PDF:1,716KB)

Chapter 1 Trends of Industrial Property Applications and Examination in Japan 

  1. Patent
  2. Utility Model
  3. Design
  4. Trademark

Chapter 2 Trends of Appeals and Trials at the JPO

  1. Status of Appeals and Trials
  2. Status of Actions against the JPO Appeals Department's Decisions

Part 2 Government Efforts in Intellectual Property Activities(PDF:4,597KB)

Chapter 1 Government-Wide Efforts

  1. Developments in Intellectual Property Strategies
  2. Intellectual Property Strategic Program 2006
  3. Economic Growth Policy Outline

Chapter 2 Efforts Related to Patents

  1. Action Plan for Expeditious and Efficient Patent Examinations
  2. Concrete Efforts in Patent Examination
  3. Efforts of Companies and the JPO through Opinion Exchanges

Chapter 3 Efforts Related to Designs

  1. Clarification of the Details of the Determination in Design Examinations
  2. Concrete Efforts Related to Designs

Chapter 4 Efforts Related to Trademarks

  1. Implementation of Accelerated Examination Based on Applicant Needs
  2. Efforts Related to Regional Collective Trademarks

Chapter 5 Efforts Related to Appeals and Trials

  1. Concrete Efforts by the Appeals Department
     Column: Intellectual Property High Court

Chapter 6 Legal Amendment in 2006

  1. Amendment of the Design Act, etc.

Part 3 Government Support for Intellectual Property Activities(PDF:3,785KB)

Chapter 1 Support for SMEs

  1. Comprehensive Support Measures for SMEs
  2. Regional Support Frameworks

Chapter 2 Support for Universities

  1. Necessity of Intellectual Property Activities for Universities
  2. Efforts to Support the Intellectual Property Activities at Universities, etc.

Chapter 3 Support for Activities through Information Technology

  1. Further Promotion of the Use of Information Technology
  2. Promotion of Provision of Industrial Property Information
  3. Information Provided on the JPO Website
  4. Plan for Optimization of JPO Operations and Systems

Chapter 4 Raising Public Awareness of Intellectual Property and Development of Experts

  1. Raising Public Awareness
  2. Development of Intellectual Property Experts
     Column: The National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (NCIPI)

Part 4 International Trends and Efforts(PDF:3,576KB)

Chapter 1 International Trends and Efforts Relating to Patents

  1. International Trends of Patent Applications
  2. Cooperation among the Trilateral Offices

Chapter 2 International Trends and Efforts Relating to Designs

  1. International Trends of Design Applications
  2. Examiners' Meeting in Cooperation with Foreign Intellectual Property Offices

Chapter 3 International Trends and Efforts Relating to Trademarks

  1. International Trends of Trademark Applications
  2. Trilateral Cooperation in the Trademark Field

Chapter 4 International Efforts to Protect Intellectual Property

  1.  Cooperation with Asian Countries
  2.  2. Cooperation in Developing Countries
  3.  3. Measures against Counterfeiting

Part 5 Statistical Data(PDF:2,322KB)

Back Cover(PDF:42KB)

[Last updated 8 December 2006]


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