Funds-In-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global (FIT/Japan IP Global) supports developing and least developed countries (LDCs) to improve their knowledge of IP systems and enhance their IP capabilities to facilitate innovation and technology transfer worldwide.
Since the government of Japan, through the Japan Patent Office (JPO), made its first voluntary contribution to WIPO in 1987, it contributed to more than 85 million CHF to more than 80 countries in Asia and Pacific region and African region for supporting diverse activities in the field of Intellectual Property. In 2019, Funds-in-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global was established to expand the supporting area. Currently, Japan's government contributes 5.8 million CHF annually.
The main objectives of FIT Japan IP Global include:
- Enhanced cooperation among Member States on the development of balanced international normative frameworks for IP;
- Broader and more effective use of the Premier Global IP Services (PCT, Madrid, and the Hague systems);
- Enhanced human resources capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs, and countries with economies in transition;
- Increased capacity of SMEs, universities, and research institutions to successfully use IP to support innovation;
- Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity;
- Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP offices and other IP institutions leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders and better outcome of IP administration;
- Broader and better use of WIPO IP statistical information;
- Systematic, effective, and transparent cooperation and coordination between the work of WIPO and national and international organizations in the field of Building Respect for IP; and
- IP-based platforms and tools for knowledge transfer, technology adaptation, and diffusion from developed to developing countries, mainly least developed countries, to address global challenges
An introduction to our recent work and highlights of some of our many success stories.