Japan Funds-In-Trust for Industrial Property – Asia-Pacific

Japan FIT/IP – Asia-Pacific has been supporting industrial property development in Asia-Pacific and other regions for almost 30 years. We do this by leveraging our funds to finance diverse activities, such as technical assistance and capacity building.

In 1987, the government of Japan, through the Japan Patent Office (JPO), made its first voluntary contribution to WIPO’s industrial property development cooperation program. Currently, Japan’s government contributes 3.8 million CHF annually.

As of 2016, the main objectives of Japan FIT/IP – Asia-Pacific include helping develop:

  • wider and more effective use of the Premier Global IP Services (PCT, Madrid and the Hague systems);
  • enhanced human resources capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition;
  • increased capacity of SMEs to successfully use IP to support innovation;
  • enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity;
  • enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP offices and other IP institutions leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders;
  • world reference source for IP information and analysis; wider and better use of IP statistics;
  • progress in the international policy dialogue among WIPO member states on building respect for IP;
  • IP-based platforms and tools for knowledge transfer, technology adaptation and diffusion from developed to developing countries;
  • a responsive communications interface between WIPO, its member states and all stakeholders; and
  • efficient administrative and financial support structure to enable WIPO to deliver its programs.

Useful resources

Image from the Malaysian animated series Upin and Ipin
IP protection is critical to the success of one of Malaysia's most popular animated series: "Upin & Ipin" (Image: Les Copaque)

Success stories PDF, Success stories involving Japan FIT IP – Asia-Pacific

Read our publication highlighting success stories involving Japan FIT IP – Asia-Pacific.

The funds at work

A scene from the WIPO manga
(Image: WIPO)

Building awareness

We helped produce a comic in the popular Manga style in order to educate and help the public easily understand how intellectual property (IP) works. Using a fictional narrative from day-to-day life, readers can enjoy reading about how a young shop employee encounters counterfeit products and the serious harm they can cause to business and consumers alike.

Find out more about the manga comics produced by WIPO, with the support of Japan FIT/IP – Asia-Pacific.

(PHOTO: iStockphoto.com/mbbirdy)

IP office modernization and support

We oversee a project designed to help introduce an integrated and global technical system that enables patent examiners in IP offices in the ASEAN region to better collaborate. The project encompasses three main strands:

We can also assist IP offices with the production and translation of IP materials such as brochures, flyers, etc.

(Photo: WIPO)


In cooperation with the JPO, we provide training, held in Tokyo, for IP professionals from both the public and private sectors.

  • IP training courses - The IP courses provide general and specialized training for government officials and IP professionals. Annually, several IP courses are organized for more than 140 participants.
  • Long-term fellowship - A six-month fellowship for government officials to pursue research in the IP field.
  • Short-term internship - A new, two-week internship program for graduates of WIPO-supported Master’s degrees in IP law is expected to be launched in September, 2015.