Funds-In-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global

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 90 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 Funds-in-Trust Japan IP Global, while fully using the Japan's expertise and experiences in cooperation with developing and least developed countries in the field of IP, contributes to energizing IP ecosystems in the whole world through supporting WIPO’s activities for the following objectives:

  • To establish a world in which innovations originated in developing and least developed countries are properly protected as IP and commercialized, through establishing self-sustaining IP ecosystems in respective countries;
  • To form the Global IP network through connecting systems, people and information around IP of respective countries;
  • To broaden the roles of IP for economic growth and social vibrancy through fostering deepened understanding of IP among experts in other fields and also the general public; and
  • To contribute to the achievement of SDGs through promoting the diffusion of innovative technologies around the globe and implementing activities to solve global issues by using IP.

Quick video overview of the FIT/Japan IP Global

This video shows you our brief history, objectives and some of many success stories.

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The funds at work

Establishing self-sustaining IP ecosystems in respective countries

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Enhanced human resource capacities

FIT Japan IP Global supports diverse education, training, and research opportunities, including scholarships for WIPO-supported master’s degree programs in Intellectual Property (MIP), Fellowship programs in Japan. FIT Japan IP Global also organizes several workshops for learning the effective use of IP, such as patent drafting course and patent searching courses for Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC).

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A high-level meeting of African parliamentarians under the auspices of Japan FIT/IP
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Empowering universities, research institutions and SMEs

FIT Japan IP Global supports universities, research institutions, and SMEs for the best use of the IP system through the Enabling Innovation Environment (EIE) Project PDF icon and IP week FIT Japan IP Global also supports IP Advantage, which provides useful information on IP case studies.

Recent seminars include:

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Branding projects

Through the branding project, FIT Japan IP Global assists manufacturers to acquire the IP rights to brand their products. Women in Kenya's basket weaving community have formed an association to market their products, brand their products, and develop their livelihoods. In "Weaving a Way Forward", these women share their experiences.

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Modernizing IP offices

FIT Japan IP Global undertakes modernization projects to help bring national and regional IP offices’ operations and services into the digital age.

A digitalization project in Vietnam was completed in March 2021, with the processing of around 2,320,000 pages of IP documents (e.g., 1,800,000 patent, industrial design, and trademark pages, as well as 520,000 pages of published patent and appeal dossiers).

Furthermore, in Madagascar, a digitization and data capture project was completed in 2021 at the IP Office of Madagascar under the Ministry of Industry and Development.

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Forming the Global IP network

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Policy discussions

FIT Japan IP Global organizes fora for policymakers, law enforcement, and representatives of IP offices to discuss IP policies and IP-related development issues.

Recent meetings include:

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Promoting PCT, Madrid and Hague Systems

FIT Japan IP Global organizes a range of workshops and seminars to help people make the most of the PCT, the Madrid and the Hague systems. Seminars are held both for users of IP systems as well as for IP office staff.

Recent seminars include:

  • The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks in Thailand in 2019.
  • Sub-regional Meeting of Intellectual Property Office Officials Responsible for the Madrid System in Malaysia in 2020.
  • Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks in Bhutan in 2020.

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A high-level meeting of African parliamentarians under the auspices of Japan FIT/IP
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Improving WIPO's IT systems

FIT Japan IP Global has been funding the development of WIPO CASE, a platform to share useful dossier information among IP Offices since 2014.

Our main achievements are:

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Deepening the understanding of IP

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Communication to the public

FIT Japan IP Global supports activities that connect IP stakeholders around the world.

Recent materials relating to the World IP Day include;

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Manga

A major goal of the Manga project was to increase public awareness of intellectual property.

The competition invited Japanese manga artists to create an original work that highlighted the health and safety risks associated with purchasing counterfeit products. The winning artwork was translated into several languages.

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Contributing to the SDGs

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WIPO GREEN & WIPO Re:Search

FIT Japan IP Global supports WIPO’s global platforms’ promotion activities, WIPO GREEN and WIPO Re:Search.

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