WIPO Lex-Judgments Now Includes Japanese Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property

December 15, 2021

WIPO Lex-Judgments —WIPO’s database on judicial decisions related to intellectual property (IP) from around the world— will now include Japanese decisions.

On November 9, 2021, the Supreme Court of Japan and WIPO agreed to add Japanese judicial decisions on IP to WIPO Lex-Judgments.

WIPO Lex provides free of charge access to legal information on IP from across the world, organized into three collections: laws, treaties and judgments. It currently contains over 49,000 legal documents on IP from 200 states and entities. WIPO Lex-Judgments, the judgments collection in WIPO Lex, provides over 850 indexed leading decisions related to IP from 24 Member States and 1 regional jurisdiction. The indexed judgments can be sorted by jurisdiction, subject matter, type of procedure, relevant legislation and treaties, issuing authority, date of judgment and keywords. 

With Japan’s participation in WIPO Lex-Judgments, anyone including judges, policymakers, lawyers and IP scholars around the world, will be able to have free access to the leading Japanese judicial decisions on IP.

More about WIPO Lex-Judgments

The WIPO Judicial Institute, established in 2019, aims to support the efficient and effective judicial administration of IP, aligned with the national legal traditions and economic and social circumstances of WIPO’s member states. As part of its work, the WIPO Judicial Institute enhances availability of legal IP information through WIPO Lex, which is the Organization’s portal to the most comprehensive, authoritative and reliable source of IP laws, treaties and judgments available on the web.

The Judgments collection, which launched in 2020, seeks to meet the needs for a resource that improves the availability of and access to information and data on judicial systems and decisions on IP.  It contains judicial decisions that have been selected directly by the courts or other national authorities of each member state as leading decisions due to their significant impact or precedential value. The database includes searchable bibliographic information for all indexed judgments as well as the full text of the judgment in its original language. Furthermore, each member state page provides an overview of its adjudication structures for IP disputes, outlining relevant features of the administrative and judicial procedures, IP case statistics and links to national online databases of judgments, which enables users around the world to access this information for free through WIPO Lex-Judgments.