WIPO Japan Office

The WIPO Japan Office (WJO) promotes WIPO's IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, as well as our global databases, IP Advantage and multi-stakeholder initiatives to Japanese users. We do this through the website, seminars, training, publications, and local customer service as well as other activities in conjunction with Japan Funds-In-Trust and the Japanese government.

More about our office | Japan country profile | IP resources in Japan | IP case studies | WIPO Publications in Japanese | WJO Publications

Video: Indonesian entrepreneur, Toien Bernadhie. More short films about Asian inventors.

Participants from Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam attended a Regional Training Course for Staff Members of IT Divisions at the IP Offices of Emerging Countries, coordinated by the WIPO Japan Office. The course was supported by Japan Funds-In-Trust for Industrial Property. More WJO photos on Flickr.

WIPO events in Japan

Other IP events

Our staff regularly participate in other IP events in Japan:

  • Japan Patent Attorney Association (JPAA) PCT Seminar – May 23 (Osaka), May 24 (Nagoya), May 25 (Tokyo), 2018
  • JIPA Design Committee Hague Seminar – March 30, 2018 (Tokyo)
  • JTA Hague Seminar and Meeting – March 14, 2018 (Tokyo)
  • PCT Webinar: Overview of the PCT System – February 27, 2018 (Tokyo)
  • The 17th JIPA IP Symposium – February 21, 2018 (Tokyo)
  • JPAA PCT Seminar – May 16, 2017 (Tokyo) (PCT’s Topics, PATENTSCOPE , ePCT)
  • Introduction to WIPO Global Databases – November 10, 2016 (Tokyo) (Presentation )
  • Seminars on PCT PDF, Seminar on the PCT, Madrid, Hague PDF, Seminar on the Hague and PATENTSCOPE PDF, Seminar on PATENTSCOPE – October 2016 to January 2017 (Japan)

WIPO services in Japan

PCT system for patents

Japan joined the PCT in 1978 and since 2003 has been the second largest user of the System. 

Madrid System for trademarks

Our 2014 report PDF, Madrid Experience Sharing report provides an overview of Japan's experience in joining and using the Madrid System.

Hague System for industrial designs

Following Japan's recent accession to the Hague Agreement, the Hague System came into force in Japan on May 13, 2015.

Japan and WIPO initiatives

IP Advantage database

Featuring over 200 case studies on how inventors and creators worldwide use IP to differentiate their products, gain a competitive advantage, and contribute to the development of their business and regions. We regularly update the database with new case studies.

We also have films on Asian Inventors.


Together with our Japanese partners, we help connect seekers of new environmental solutions with Japanese providers of cutting-edge green technology and services via this online marketplace.

WIPO Re:Search

The aim of this public/private sector consortium is to promote the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.