WIPO Japan Office

The WIPO Japan Office promotes WIPO's global IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, as well as its global databases, IP Advantage and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to Japanese users. We do this through the website, seminars, training, publications, and local customer service as well as other activities in conjunction with Japan Funds-In-Trust and the Japanese government.

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Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have a limited number of staff in the office and reduced office hours. For questions regarding our global IP services or for general inquiries, we can be reached from 10:00 to 17:00 JST (Mon.-Fri.). For inquires outside of these hours or if you are unable to get through, please contact us. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by our closure and greatly appreciate your kind understanding during this period.

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The first WIPO Global Awards: SMEs

A new global awards program to recognize exceptional enterprises and individuals using IP to make a positive impact at home and beyond their own borders, and the first year is open to SMEs.

Application deadline: March 14, 2022

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Symposium on IP for Innovation in the Global Age

WIPO Japan Office held an online symposium for SMEs and start-ups on December 2 and 3, 2021, with many participants from inside and outside Japan. Videos of each presentation are available from “Details” below. Please also check the news article of the event.

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WIPO events in Japan

Other IP events

    WIPO services

    PCT System for patents

    Japan joined the PCT in 1978 and since 1996 has been one of the top three users of the PCT System.

    Madrid System for trademarks

    Our 2014 report PDF, Madrid Experience Sharing report provides an overview of Japan's experience in joining and using the Madrid System.

    Japan and WIPO initiatives

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    WIPO Re:Search

    This public-private consortium promotes the development of new medicines in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria, and tuberculosis.

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    Public outreach

    We regularly participate in general public outreach activities to raise awareness of IP and WIPO's role and services among the Japanese public.

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    WIPO Magazine

    The WIPO Magazine is now available online in Japanese, providing our users with more content on IP in their local language. The Magazine provides up-to-date information on creativity and innovation in action, exploring the advantages of IP.

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    IP Textbook: How to Explore Ideas

    How to Explore Idea is an introductory and easy to understand guide into the Intellectual Property Rights. It illustrates how instant noodles were invented and protected in its journey into global market.

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    World IP Day

    April 26 is designated as World Intellectual Property Day to mark the day the convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) came into force. Information on the past memorial events held by WIPO Japan Office is available.

    Event Archives

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    Films on Asian innovators

    In cooperation with the Japan Funds-in-Trust, we produce short documentaries featuring innovators from the Asia-Pacific region. These films bring to life various success stories, including those highlighted in the IP Advantage database.

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    WIPO manga

    The Honmono (Genuine Goods) manga is the result of a 2010 national competition, in cooperation with the Japan Patent Office and Kadokawa Group Publishing, to explain the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeit goods.

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    WIPO Awards

    WIPO presents awards to outstanding innovators and creators. In Japan, WIPO Awards are granted at the following ceremonies: