Statistical Country Profiles

Japan

Population (Million): 126.99 (2016) (Rank = 11)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 4856.24 (2016) (Rank = 4)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2011 US$)
2002 483,806 148,168 40,834 4318.96
2003 484,943 165,313 55,629 4384.96
2004 510,023 187,007 71,819 4481.64
2005 530,005 194,485 71,448 4556.15
2006 517,486 193,750 64,944 4620.85
2007 508,263 206,594 68,413 4697.29
2008 509,990 194,886 70,781 4645.93
2009 463,601 182,377 60,845 4394.25
2010 468,417 194,417 67,587 4578.47
2011 475,051 198,730 72,498 4573.19
2012 490,271 224,437 73,702 4641.56
2013 473,141 210,635 71,042 4734.41
2014 465,971 220,436 70,163 4750.30
2015 455,005 225,212 66,088 4808.23
2016 453,640 244,525 71,298 4856.24
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 365,204 1 56,601 2 118,602 1
2003 358,184 1 54,909 3 126,759 1
2004 368,416 1 54,665 4 141,607 1
2005 367,960 1 59,118 4 162,045 2
2006 347,060 1 61,614 4 170,426 2
2007 333,498 1 62,793 4 174,765 2
2008 330,110 1 60,892 4 179,880 2
2009 295,315 1 53,281 4 168,286 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 4 203,258 2
2013 271,731 3 56,705 4 201,410 2
2014 265,959 3 60,030 4 200,012 2
2015 258,839 3 59,882 4 196,166 2
2016 260,244 3 58,137 4 193,396 2
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (2002 - 2016)
Field of Technology Share
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 8.93
Optics 7.44
Audio-visual technology 7.10
Computer technology 6.64
Semiconductors 6.28
Transport 4.52
Measurement 4.14
Telecommunications 3.46
Furniture, games 3.31
Textile and paper machines 3.05
Others 45.13
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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 90,043 1
2008 151,765 1 25,185 4 88,929 1
2009 164,459 1 28,890 3 91,091 1
2010 187,237 1 35,456 3 99,607 1
2011 197,594 1 40,729 3 107,072 1
2012 224,917 1 49,874 3 118,608 1
2013 225,571 1 51,508 3 114,655 1
2014 177,750 1 49,392 3 119,269 1
2015 146,749 2 42,609 3 124,389 1
2016 160,643 2 42,444 4 127,510 2
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
2013 1,838,177 2
2014 1,920,490 2
2015 1,946,568 2
2016 1,980,985 2
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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 2 115 9
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
2013 5,965 6 1,657 3 3,297 1
2014 5,429 6 1,666 3 3,309 1
2015 5,213 6 1,647 3 3,087 2
2016 4,928 6 1,552 3 2,430 2
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 100,653 3 16,361 6 47,515 8
2003 106,972 3 16,375 8 58,341 8
2004 110,278 3 19,550 6 76,729 8
2005 114,034 3 21,130 7 80,451 8
2006 111,771 3 22,513 7 81,979 9
2007 118,148 3 24,348 8 88,446 9
2008 95,671 6 22,176 10 99,215 9
2009 90,473 6 19,141 8 91,904 9
2010 92,162 7 21,013 9 102,255 9
2011 84,674 8 22,343 8 114,056 9
2012 95,547 7 23,718 8 128,890 9
2013 92,505 7 23,634 8 118,130 9
2014 100,044 6 24,573 9 120,392 10
2015 117,956 5 26,901 6 107,256 10
2016 133,335 5 29,649 6 111,190 10
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 89,032 3 17,207 6 20,854 8
2003 92,906 3 17,140 4 45,750 8
2004 83,000 3 16,279 5 54,781 8
2005 80,971 3 18,801 5 76,743 9
2006 88,403 3 20,731 6 76,622 9
2007 79,852 4 21,577 6 76,696 9
2008 82,452 3 21,171 6 90,714 9
2009 88,435 3 19,704 7 99,848 9
2010 79,317 4 20,256 6 109,117 9
2011 70,782 4 21,389 7 99,973 9
2012 77,117 3 22,183 6 106,045 9
2013 82,702 3 23,552 6 116,495 9
2014 79,550 4 28,539 4 116,792 9
2015 75,948 3 25,698 6 112,208 10
2016 81,811 5 25,233 6 102,942 10
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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 35,702 6
2006 33,094 3 3,630 5 31,850 6
2007 32,202 3 4,342 5 36,211 6
2008 29,621 3 3,948 6 41,160 6
2009 27,674 3 3,201 5 33,171 6
2010 28,083 3 3,673 5 39,504 6
2011 26,658 3 4,147 5 45,840 6
2012 27,933 3 4,458 5 45,769 6
2013 26,407 3 4,718 4 44,635 6
2014 24,868 3 4,870 5 45,295 6
2015 24,811 3 5,053 4 41,277 7
2016 24,522 3 5,343 4 46,776 7
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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 34,220 6
2008 25,986 3 3,396 6 39,760 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
2013 24,272 3 4,016 5 43,935 6
2014 23,092 3 4,214 6 43,839 6
2015 21,959 3 4,749 6 41,104 6
2016 21,221 3 4,444 6 46,150 7
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
2002 14,061 3 260 17 4 22
2003 17,415 2 432 14    
2004 20,268 2 763 11    
2005 24,870 2 885 11    
2006 27,024 2 901 12    
2007 27,743 2 1,055 12    
2008 28,763 2 1,308 10    
2009 29,810 2 1,346 9    
2010 32,216 2 1,606 8    
2011 38,864 2 1,591 8    
2012 43,523 2 2,158 8    
2013 43,771 2 1,962 8    
2014 42,381 2 2,060 8 2 43
2015 44,053 2 2,198 7 125 8
2016 45,239 2 2,412 8 341 6
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2016)
Applicant Publication Rank
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION 2,053 4
SONY CORPORATION 1,665 10
SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA 1,205 14
PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD. 1,175 15
OLYMPUS CORPORATION 1,077 20
NEC CORPORATION 1,056 21
HITACHI, LTD. 1,047 22
DENSO CORPORATION 986 23
FUJIFILM CORPORATION 968 24
MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. 681 25
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002     37,796 1 23,984 3
2003     36,124 1 28,178 2
2004 6,074 2 33,899 2 36,395 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 63,433 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 96,052 2
2013 19,340 2 34,817 4 102,482 2
2014 20,616 2 37,721 4 103,939 2
2015 21,265 2 39,166 4 98,222 2
2016 22,077 2 37,816 4 97,535 2
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 12/2017
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.
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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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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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