World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Japan

Population (Million): 127.56 (2012) (Rank = 10)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 4008.68 (2012) (Rank = 4)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 451,381 128,047 44,345 3591.42
1999 451,207 138,647 41,304 3584.26
2000 490,994 167,628 42,704 3665.17
2001 506,908 172,138 44,384 3678.20
2002 484,057 147,693 40,834 3688.85
2003 485,208 163,384 55,629 3751.01
2004 510,289 183,618 71,819 3839.56
2005 530,381 192,659 71,481 3889.58
2006 517,843 195,433 64,826 3955.43
2007 508,688 205,602 68,421 4042.14
2008 510,630 196,166 70,622 4000.04
2009 464,233 181,777 60,658 3778.95
2010 468,417 192,645 67,385 3954.76
2011 475,051 197,945 72,509 3932.20
2012 488,744 220,036 73,715 4008.68
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 357,379 1 44,716 2 94,002 2
1999 357,531 1 46,926 2 93,676 2
2000 384,201 1 35,342 4 106,793 2
2001 382,815 1 57,433 2 124,093 1
2002 365,204 1 56,601 2 118,853 1
2003 358,184 1 54,909 3 127,024 1
2004 368,416 1 54,665 4 141,873 1
2005 367,960 1 59,118 4 162,421 2
2006 347,060 1 61,614 4 170,783 2
2007 333,498 1 62,793 4 175,190 2
2008 330,110 1 60,892 4 180,520 2
2009 295,315 1 53,281 4 168,918 2
2010 290,081 2 54,517 4 178,336 2
2011 287,580 2 55,030 4 187,471 2
2012 287,013 2 55,783 4 201,731 1
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 8.52
Audio-visual technology 8.17
Optics 8.10
Computer technology 6.86
Semiconductors 6.41
Measurement 4.21
Telecommunications 4.18
Transport 4.12
Textile and paper machines 3.44
Engines, pumps, turbines 2.96
Others 43.03
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 125,704 1 15,744 4 57,869 1
1999 133,960 1 16,099 4 59,133 1
2000 112,269 1 13,611 3 54,830 1
2001 109,375 1 12,367 5 58,720 1
2002 108,515 1 10,677 6 67,136 1
2003 110,835 1 11,687 6 72,472 1
2004 112,527 1 11,665 5 76,254 1
2005 111,088 1 11,856 6 76,809 1
2006 126,804 1 14,595 5 93,390 1
2007 145,040 1 19,914 5 90,055 1
2008 151,765 1 25,185 4 88,938 1
2009 164,459 1 28,890 3 91,114 1
2010 187,237 1 35,456 3 99,607 1
2011 197,594 1 40,729 3 107,256 1
2012 224,917 1 49,874 3 118,567 1
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 1,104,640 2
2005 1,123,055 2
2006 1,146,871 2
2007 1,206,335 2
2008 1,270,367 2
2009 1,347,998 2
2010 1,423,432 2
2011 1,542,096 2
2012 1,694,435 2
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 9,669 4 1,248 2 218 5
1999 8,953 4 1,330 2 192 8
2000 7,897 4 1,690 2 187 7
2001 6,988 4 1,818 2 164 7
2002 6,942 4 1,661 2 411 4
2003 6,381 5 1,788 2 740 2
2004 6,337 5 1,649 2 721 1
2005 9,420 4 1,967 2 593 2
2006 8,922 5 2,043 2 116 10
2007 8,399 5 1,916 2 435 2
2008 7,717 6 1,735 2 484 3
2009 7,799 6 1,708 3 410 5
2010 6,889 6 1,790 3 706 3
2011 6,305 6 1,679 3 1,650 2
2012 6,292 6 1,820 3 2,790 1
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 96,845 3 15,624 8 31,202 8
1999 104,252 3 17,609 6 34,395 8
2000 124,361 3 21,473 6 43,267 8
2001 104,655 3 19,133 6 67,483 7
2002 100,645 3 16,827 7 47,048 8
2003 106,957 3 16,436 9 56,427 8
2004 110,271 3 18,580 8 73,347 8
2005 114,015 3 22,035 7 78,644 8
2006 111,755 3 24,110 8 83,678 8
2007 118,130 3 25,106 8 87,472 9
2008 95,660 6 23,788 8 100,506 9
2009 90,465 6 20,157 8 91,312 9
2010 92,152 7 21,750 9 100,493 9
2011 84,671 8 23,227 8 113,274 9
2012 95,532 7 27,707 8 124,504 9
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 114,895 1 17,171 5 32,298 6
1999 106,036 1 17,620 2 30,324 5
2000 79,462 3 16,654 3 29,861 5
2001 78,322 3 16,510 4 18,759 7
2002 89,024 3 15,944 7 19,999 7
2003 92,891 3 16,010 7 44,377 8
2004 82,995 3 14,448 7 53,871 8
2005 80,955 3 14,598 7 73,924 8
2006 88,396 3 16,044 9 74,537 8
2007 79,828 4 15,206 11 73,283 8
2008 82,438 3 15,087 10 87,308 9
2009 88,427 3 15,148 8 96,905 9
2010 79,308 4 14,595 11 105,534 9
2011 70,780 4 16,428 10 96,191 9
2012 77,101 3 18,400 6 99,110 9
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 37,340 1 2,012 17 7,005 5
1999 35,235 2 2,133 17 6,069 5
2000 36,070 2 2,426 17 6,634 5
2001 37,176 2 2,247 16 7,208 5
2002 34,881 3 2,349 16 5,953 5
2003 36,574 2 2,693 6 19,055 5
2004 37,565 3 3,191 5 34,254 5
2005 35,746 3 3,508 5 35,735 6
2006 33,094 3 3,630 5 31,732 6
2007 32,202 3 4,342 5 36,219 6
2008 29,621 3 3,948 6 41,001 6
2009 27,674 3 3,201 5 32,984 6
2010 28,083 3 3,673 5 39,302 6
2011 26,658 3 4,147 5 45,851 6
2012 27,933 3 4,458 5 45,782 6
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 34,882 1 1,382 22 6,271 5
1999 39,317 1 2,038 18 5,352 5
2000 37,939 1 2,098 17 5,718 6
2001 30,671 2 2,263 17 5,806 5
2002 29,550 2 1,953 17 4,504 6
2003 29,284 2 2,058 7 13,950 4
2004 30,485 2 2,196 6 31,379 6
2005 29,971 3 2,662 7 34,718 6
2006 27,034 3 2,655 8 32,749 6
2007 25,228 3 3,061 6 34,319 6
2008 25,986 3 3,396 6 39,944 6
2009 25,819 3 2,993 6 36,084 6
2010 24,458 3 2,980 5 38,220 6
2011 23,042 3 3,232 5 43,067 6
2012 24,610 3 3,739 4 44,805 6
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 6,103 3        
1999 7,473 3        
2000 9,574 3 177 18 1 28
2001 11,911 3 279 15 2 22
2002 14,060 3 264 14 4 22
2003 17,413 2 424 14    
2004 20,267 2 719 12    
2005 24,870 2 919 11    
2006 27,025 2 871 12    
2007 27,743 2 1,036 12    
2008 28,760 2 1,317 10    
2009 29,802 2 1,351 9    
2010 32,150 2 1,613 8    
2011 38,875 2 1,574 8    
2012 43,660 2 2,093 8    
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
PANASONIC CORPORATION 2,990 2
SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA 2,001 3
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA 1,653 6
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION 1,043 12
NEC CORPORATION 999 13
FUJIFILM CORPORATION 891 14
HITACHI, LTD. 745 15
FUJITSU LIMITED 671 17
SONY CORPORATION 578 24
MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD. 566 25
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     23,436 1 11,201 3
1999     26,847 1 13,476 3
2000     14,270 7 17,638 3
2001     36,813 1 21,557 3
2002     37,796 1 23,984 3
2003     36,124 1 28,178 2
2004 6,074 2 33,899 2 36,401 3
2005 8,578 2 36,998 3 45,976 2
2006 11,047 2 39,924 3 53,685 2
2007 12,123 1 41,933 4 57,994 2
2008 12,582 2 41,964 4 63,441 2
2009 12,956 1 35,817 4 66,826 2
2010 13,925 2 35,549 4 78,435 2
2011 15,897 2 35,622 4 81,476 2
2012 17,881 2 35,177 4 96,205 2
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 03/2014
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
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