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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WIPO Technology Trends: AI

WIPO’s newest study documents a rapid increase in AI-based inventions in recent years, with U.S. and Japan-based companies, such as IBM, Microsoft and Toshiba, leading the way.

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Participants from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended a Case Study Workshop on Support for Intellectual Property Management in SMEs (IP Advantage), coordinated by the WJO. The course was supported by Japan Funds-In-Trust for Industrial Property. More photos on Flickr.

WIPO events in Japan

Other IP events

Our staff regularly participate in other IP events in Japan:

  • The 18th JIPA IP Symposium (February 14, Tokyo)
  • Hague Seminar at the Japan Toy Association PDF, Hague Seminar at the Japan Toy Association (January 24, Tokyo)
  • JPO/IPR training course on Design Examinations under the Hague system PDF, Madrid Experience Sharing report (January 10, Tokyo)
  • PCT, PATENTSCOPE, Madrid, and Hague System Information Sessions – October 2018 to January 2019 (various regions in Japan)
  • Patent Information Fair and Conference 2018 (November 7-9, Tokyo)
  • Conference of High Schools in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Research of Audiovisual Education 2018 – November 5, 2018 (Yamaguchi)
  • BioJapan 2018 (October 10-12, Yokohama)

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.

Japan and WIPO initiatives

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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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WIPO GREEN

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.