WIPO Japan Office

The WIPO Japan Office (WJO) promotes WIPO's 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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Weaving a way forward

A visual story on how Japan Funds-in-Trust contributed to a project helping a community of female basket weavers in Kenya come together to brand their products and develop their livelihoods.

World IP Day 2019 – Reach for Gold: IP and Sports


On April 26 – in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day – we will be hosting a Conference on the management and use of intellectual property (IP) in relation to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the development of technology.

The Conference which is free-of-charge, will be held in Japanese only.

  • Date: Friday, April 26 (14:00–15:45)
  • Venue: U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University, Tokyo
  • Note: Attendance limited to 300 people


Lecture 1: The Influence of Technology on the Development of the Paralympic Racing Wheelchair

Guest lecturer: Mr. Yoshifumi NAGAO, Paralympic Medalist, Competed in Seven Paralympic Games
Time: 14:00 – 14:10

Lecture 2: The Protection and the Use of IP for The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – The Importance of IP

Guest lecturer: Mr. Atsushi IGARASHI, Senior Director of Legal Affairs, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Time: 14:40 – 15:10

Lecture 3: Revolutionizing Sports with Technology – A Future with 3D Sensing and AI

Guest lecturer: Mr. Hidenori FUJIWARA, Head of Sports Business Development Division II Sports & Cultural Event Business Development Unit, Fujitsu Limited
Time: 15:10 – 15:40

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Ms. Seema Soni from India received her certificate from Mr. Yasu Murayama, President of Shiga International Patent Office, Mr. Yoshiyuki Takagi, Assistant Director General of WIPO, and Mr. Yuji Okuma, Director of WIPO Japan Office upon her completion of the Short-Term Fellowship Training at Shiga International Patent Office. The Short-term Fellowship Training was supported by Japan Funds-In-Trust for Industrial Property. More WJO photos on Flickr.

WIPO events in Japan

Other IP events

Our staff regularly participate in other IP events in Japan:

WIPO services in Japan

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.

Hague System for industrial designs

Following Japan's recent accession to the Hague Agreement, the Hague System came into force in Japan on May 13, 2015.

Japan and WIPO initiatives


IP Advantage

This database features over 200 case studies on how inventors and creators worldwide use IP to gain a competitive advantage and develop their businesses.

Our Japanese case studies include:

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Together with our Japanese partners, we help connect seekers of new environmental solutions with Japanese providers of cutting-edge green technology and services.

Our Japanese partners include:

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WIPO Re:Search

The aim of this public/private sector consortium is to promote the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Our Japanese providers include:

Public outreach

We regularly participate in general public outreach activities to increase awareness about WIPO Services and activities among the Japanese public.

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Films on Asian innovators

In cooperation with the Funds-in-Trust Japan - Industrial Property, 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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Honmono manga

WIPO's Honmono manga is the result of a national competition that we conducted in 2010 in cooperation with the Japan Patent Office and Kadokawa Publishing. The Manga explains the importance of trademarks and the dangers of counterfeit goods.

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WJO Publications

In coordination with our partners, we publish research and reports focusing on Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.