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.
- The First Twenty Years of Japan FIT/IP – Asia-Pacific
- Recent meetings organized with the support of Japan FIT/IP – Asia-Pacific