Statistical Country Profiles

Japan

Population (Million): 126.99 (2016)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 4,856.24 (2016)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2007

508,263

 

102,665

4,697.29

2008

509,990

 

107,108

4,645.93

2009

463,601

 

86,406

4,394.25

2010

468,417

 

102,977

4,578.47

2011

475,051

 

127,795

4,573.19

2012

490,271

 

120,761

4,641.56

2013

473,141

366,689

112,225

4,734.41

2014

465,971

415,927

112,295

4,750.30

2015

457,952

525,917

105,746

4,808.23

2016

456,467

622,072

119,141

4,856.24

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

333,498

62,793

174,765

2008

330,110

60,892

179,880

2009

295,315

53,281

168,286

2010

290,081

54,517

178,336

2011

287,580

55,030

187,471

2012

287,013

55,783

203,258

2013

271,731

56,705

201,410

2014

265,959

60,030

200,012

2015

258,839

59,882

199,113

2016

260,244

58,137

196,223

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

145,040

19,914

90,043

2008

151,765

25,185

88,929

2009

164,459

28,890

91,091

2010

187,237

35,456

99,607

2011

197,594

40,729

107,072

2012

224,917

49,874

118,608

2013

225,571

51,508

114,655

2014

177,750

49,392

119,269

2015

146,749

42,609

124,395

2016

160,643

42,444

128,651

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2007

1,206,335

2008

1,270,367

2009

1,347,998

2010

1,423,432

2011

1,542,096

2012

1,694,435

2013

1,838,177

2014

1,920,490

2015

1,946,568

2016

1,980,985

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

8,399

1,916

435

2008

7,717

1,735

484

2009

7,799

1,708

410

2010

6,889

1,790

706

2011

6,305

1,679

1,650

2012

6,292

1,820

2,790

2013

5,965

1,657

3,297

2014

5,429

1,666

3,309

2015

5,213

1,647

3,087

2016

4,928

1,552

2,430

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

 

 

151,564

2008

 

 

175,271

2009

 

 

175,800

2010

 

 

183,711

2011

 

 

208,233

2012

 

 

226,526

2013

158,358

46,598

208,331

2014

192,180

49,145

223,747

2015

290,238

54,708

235,679

2016

390,525

60,795

231,547

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

 

 

136,879

2008

 

 

173,495

2009

 

 

188,367

2010

 

 

205,557

2011

 

 

188,737

2012

 

 

200,343

2013

 

 

207,789

2014

 

 

204,477

2015

 

 

258,130

2016

 

 

206,763

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

32,202

4,342

70,463

2008

29,621

3,948

77,487

2009

27,674

3,201

58,732

2010

28,083

3,673

74,894

2011

26,658

4,147

101,137

2012

27,933

4,458

92,828

2013

26,407

4,718

85,818

2014

24,868

4,870

87,427

2015

24,818

5,533

80,928

2016

24,547

6,466

94,594

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

25,228

3,061

68,845

2008

25,986

3,396

76,192

2009

25,819

2,993

65,217

2010

24,458

2,980

70,389

2011

23,042

3,232

96,511

2012

24,610

3,739

90,693

2013

24,272

4,016

86,256

2014

23,092

4,214

86,408

2015

21,966

5,229

81,599

2016

21,246

5,567

91,939

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

28,763

1,308

 

2009

29,810

1,346

 

2010

32,216

1,606

 

2011

38,864

1,591

 

2012

43,523

2,158

 

2013

43,772

1,962

 

2014

42,381

2,060

2

2015

44,053

2,198

125

2016

45,209

2,412

341

2017

48,208

2,495

348

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

12,123

41,933

57,994

2008

12,582

41,964

63,433

2009

12,956

35,817

66,826

2010

13,925

35,549

78,435

2011

15,897

35,622

81,476

2012

17,881

35,177

96,052

2013

19,340

34,817

102,482

2014

20,616

37,721

103,939

2015

21,265

39,166

100,663

2016

22,077

37,816

99,899

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

1,593

2,053

2,521

SONY CORPORATION

1,381

1,665

1,735

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

1,185

1,175

1,280

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

947

968

970

DENSO CORPORATION

704

986

968

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA

1,073

1,205

963

OLYMPUS CORPORATION

614

1,077

934

HITACHI, LTD.

1,165

1,047

923

NEC CORPORATION

895

1,056

899

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.

658

681

684

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

SHISEIDO COMPANY, LTD

11

28

33

DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED

20

58

23

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.

22

4

20

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

15

13

20

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION

15

14

20

MASH BEAUTY LAB CO., LTD.

1

 

19

MIZUNO CORPORATION

7

10

18

NINTENDO CO., LTD.

10

8

17

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION

4

9

16

ASTELLAS PHARMA INC.

3

13

15

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 3/2018

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. 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 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.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.