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IP Advantage

The IP Advantage database features over 200 case studies explaining how inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, and researchers throughout the world have used intellectual property (IP) to differentiate their products, gain a competitive advantage and contribute to the development of their businesses and regions.

The database, launched in September 2010, is based on a proposal from the Japanese government, and implemented by the WIPO Japan Office in Cooperation with the Communications Division and the financial contribution of the Japan Funds-in-Trust for Industrial Property.



Research coordinated by the WIPO Japan Office

IP successes in the ASEAN region

A collection of case studies, completed in 2014, highlighting how IP has been used to foster economic, social, and cultural development in Southeast Asian nations.


Madrid Experience Sharing Report – Japan's Experience in Joining and Using the Madrid System

Published in 2014, a research report that shares Japan’s experience of implementing the Madrid Protocol and describes in detail the pros and cons of accession to the Protocol, including lessons learned through the process by companies, representatives, and the Japanese government.


Impact of intellectual property system on economic growth – Fact-finding surveys and analyses in the Asian region

The objective of this research, completed in 2007, was to measure the impact of the IP system on economic growth.

  • General Report - Hiroshi Kato and Futoshi Yasuda
  • China - Ping Zhang
  • India - Sanjay Kumar Verma
  • Japan - Hiroshi Kato and Futoshi Yasuda
  • Korea - Jiyoung Han
  • Malaysia - Heng Gee Lim
  • Vietnam - Mai Phuong Nguyen

Institutional infrastructure for IPR-based development in Asia with a focus on national patent systems

This research, completed in 2009, reviewed and analyzed the most recent developments in the institutional setup and management practices of patent offices in these countries with a view to helping develop best practices.

  • General Report - Sadao Nagaoka and Kazufumi Yaji
  • China - Xiang Yu
  • Japan - Sadao Nagaoka and Kazufumi Yaji
  • Korea - Sun Hee Yun
  • Singapore - Wee Loon Ng-Loy
  • Thailand - Wisanu Subsompon

The full reports from both studies can be found in WIPO publication "Intellectual Property in Asian Countries: Studies on Infrastructure and Economic Impact". PDF, Intellectual Property in Asian Countries: Studies on Infrastructure and Economic Impact

Research by fellows financed by the Japan Funds-in-Trust

Since 1997, the WIPO Funds-in-Trust for Industrial Property has awarded fellowships to teachers or trainers of industrial property in industrial property offices, and faculty members engaged in the training or teaching of industrial property at universities. The table below provides links to most of the final reports resulting from the research projects carried out by these fellows:

Date of Research Country Name Organization (at the time of fellowship) Research Theme
2012 Kingdom of Cambodia Ly Sonabend Department of Intellectual Property Rights, Ministry of Commerce Preparation for Online System of Department of Intellectual Property Rights, Kingdom of Cambodia Benefitted from Practice and Experience in Japan pdf
2012 Thailand Pattarawan Charumilin National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) Measures to Promote Intellectual Property Commercialization: Japan Experiences and Implication for Thailand pdf
2011 China Ms. Jing Shuang State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) Human Resource Development in the Intellectual Property Field Using Intellectual Property Specialist Skill Standards pdf
2010 China Mr. Duan Xiao-mei State Administration for Industry and Commerce People’s Republic of China (SAIC) Conflict between Trademark Right and Prior Copyright - Case and Academic Research on Solutions to this Conflict in the Chinese and Japanese Legal Systems pdf
2010 India Mr. Suman Shrey Singh Patent Office, Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) Patenting in Pharmaceuticals - India and Japan pdf
2010 Viet Nam Ms. Ha Thi Nguyet Thu National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) Well-Known Trademark Protection - Reference to the Japanese experience pdf
2009 India Mr. Babu Nediyamparambathu Patent Office, Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) Effective implementation of the Madrid Protocol with a Special Emphasis to the Organizational Set Up in India pdf
2009 Indonesia Mr. Juldin Bahriansyah Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP) Small and Medium Enterprises Empowerment through Incentives System of intellectual Property Right by Japan Patent Office pdf
2009 Philippines Ms.Ronil Emmavi J. Remoquillo Intellectual Property Philippines Implications of the Patentability Requirements and Other Policy Considerations to the Pharmaceutical Industry - The Japanese and Philippine Experience pdf
2008 India Mr. Niranjan Kumar Joshi Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry Research, Training and Awareness in the Field of Intellectual Property - Benefiting from the Experience of Japan pdf
2008 Pakistan Mr. Chaudhry Asfand Ali Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan Analysis on the Impact of Madrid Protocol for the Economies of Developing Countries pdf
2007 China Ms. Feng Xiaobing State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) The Harmonization of the Patent System - A Global patent System is Possible or Impossible? pdf
2007 India Mr. Kishan Singh Kardam Patent Office, Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) Utility Mode - l A Tool for Economic and Technological Development : A Case Study of Japan pdf
2007 Lao People's Democratic Republic Ms. Souligna Sisomnuck Department of Intellectual Property, Standardization and Metrology (DISM), National Authority of Science and Technology (NAST), Prime Minister Office Comparative Study Japanese Trademark System and Lao Trademark System pdf
2007 Mongolia Ms. Oyuntsetsen Badarch Intellectual Property Office of Mongolia (IPOM) A Comparative Study on Trademark Protection Between Japan and Mongolia under the Madrid Protocol - for Future Development of Trademark Protection in Mongolia pdf
2006 China Mr. Bai Jianfeng State Intellectual Property Office Comparative Study on Patent Appeals/Trials System and Its Examination Process between China and Japan - To Refine and Harmonize the Patent Appeals/Trials System and its Examination Practices pdf
2006 Malaysia Mr. Kuljit Singh Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) New Issues towards a Harmonized Intellectual Property Office pdf
2005 China Ms. Huang Wenhui Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP) Establishing and Refining a Trademark Examination System in China - Comparative Study on Trademark Examination System between China and Japan pdf
2005 Viet Nam Mr. Le Huy Anh National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) Research on Patent Activities for the Purpose of Strengthening Patent Activities in Vietnamese Enterprises pdf
2004 Bangladesh Mr. Md. Farhad Hossain Khan Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Industries IP Administration and Enforcement System towards Modernization of IP Protection in Bangladesh and a Comperative Analysis of IP Administration between Japan and Bangladesh pdf
2004 Indonesia Mr. Budi Suratno Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP) Industrial Design Protection in Indonesia: A Comparative Study of the Law on Industrial Design Protection between Japan and Indonesia pdf
2003 Iran (Islamic Republic of ) Ms. Zahra Bahraini Registration Organization of Deeds and Properties, Industrial Property Office A Comparative Study on Japanese Trademark Protection System with Iranian Trademark Protection System pdf
2003 Philippines Ms. Honorie DeVera Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Post Grant/ Registration Law, Procedure, Practice and Computerization of the Intellectual Property Office (Philippines) and the Japan Patent Office pdf
2002 Cambodia Mr. Op Rady Intellectual Property Division, Ministry of Commerce The General Intellectual Property Rights Research pdf
2002 Sri Lanka Mr. Jayasundera Warnakulasuriya Arachchige Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) Intellectual Property Training - Lessons from Japan for Sri Lanka pdf
2002 Thailand Mr. Kitsirichareonchai Somchai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Commerce Intellectual Property Promotion in Japan pdf
2001 China Mr. Ge Shu State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) The Japanese Patent Examination and Training System pdf
2000 Indonesia Mr. Agus Sardjono University of Indonesia The Japanese Patent Law System pdf
1999 Philippines Mr. Delfin Suministrado University of The Philippines, Los Banos The New Patent Law of the Philippines and Patenting Systems in the US, Japan and Europe Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer in Public Universities in the Philippines Is Nata de Coco Patented in Japan? pdf

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