Statistical Country Profiles



Japan

Population (Million): 126.26 (2019)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 5,231.07 (2019)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2010

468,441

 

102,974

4,801.00

2011

475,070

 

127,790

4,795.46

2012

490,271

 

120,755

4,867.16

2013

473,139

366,689

112,224

4,964.52

2014

465,971

415,927

113,252

4,983.12

2015

457,948

525,917

111,828

5,044.06

2016

456,549

620,790

122,574

5,070.39

2017

460,771

768,682

134,517

5,180.33

2018

460,376

719,356

141,307

5,197.07

2019

452,130

791,609

126,259

5,231.07

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

290,081

54,517

178,360

2011

287,580

55,030

187,490

2012

287,013

55,783

203,258

2013

271,731

56,705

201,408

2014

265,959

60,030

200,012

2015

258,839

59,882

199,109

2016

260,244

58,137

196,305

2017

260,292

58,189

200,479

2018

253,630

59,937

206,746

2019

245,372

62,597

206,758

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

187,237

35,456

99,609

2011

197,594

40,729

107,074

2012

224,917

49,874

118,607

2013

225,571

51,508

114,657

2014

177,750

49,392

119,269

2015

146,749

42,609

124,400

2016

160,643

42,444

128,592

2017

156,844

42,733

129,139

2018

152,440

42,085

131,628

2019

140,865

39,045

143,061

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2010

1,423,432

2011

1,542,096

2012

1,694,435

2013

1,838,177

2014

1,920,490

2015

1,946,568

2016

1,980,985

2017

2,013,685

2018

2,054,276

2019

2,053,879

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

6,889

1,790

707

2011

6,305

1,679

1,650

2012

6,292

1,820

2,790

2013

5,965

1,657

3,297

2014

5,429

1,666

3,309

2015

5,213

1,647

3,087

2016

4,928

1,552

2,430

2017

4,577

1,528

2,304

2018

3,810

1,578

2,585

2019

3,693

1,548

2,778

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

 

 

183,741

2011

 

 

208,233

2012

 

 

226,526

2013

158,358

46,603

208,331

2014

192,180

49,149

223,747

2015

290,238

54,710

235,679

2016

390,525

60,613

230,265

2017

496,092

64,177

272,590

2018

438,340

73,766

281,016

2019

471,749

74,495

319,860

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

 

 

205,587

2011

 

 

188,729

2012

 

 

200,309

2013

 

 

207,789

2014

 

 

204,534

2015

 

 

258,129

2016

 

 

206,758

2017

 

 

245,264

2018

 

 

276,505

2019

 

 

316,220

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

28,083

3,673

74,891

2011

26,658

4,147

101,132

2012

27,933

4,458

92,822

2013

26,407

4,718

85,817

2014

24,868

4,870

88,384

2015

24,829

5,873

86,999

2016

24,552

6,667

98,022

2017

24,435

8,251

110,082

2018

23,460

8,111

117,847

2019

22,920

9,256

103,339

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

24,458

2,980

70,392

2011

23,042

3,232

96,516

2012

24,610

3,739

90,699

2013

24,272

4,016

86,257

2014

23,092

4,214

87,375

2015

21,966

5,266

83,236

2016

21,256

6,005

92,457

2017

21,483

6,512

112,998

2018

21,338

6,629

111,690

2019

20,875

7,436

98,438

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2010

32,216

1,606

 

2011

38,864

1,591

 

2012

43,523

2,158

 

2013

43,772

1,962

 

2014

42,381

2,060

2

2015

44,053

2,198

131

2016

45,210

2,412

349

2017

48,204

2,544

352

2018

49,706

3,195

401

2019

52,660

3,160

400

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

13,925

35,549

78,458

2011

15,897

35,622

81,495

2012

17,881

35,177

96,052

2013

19,340

34,817

102,480

2014

20,616

37,721

103,939

2015

21,265

39,166

100,661

2016

22,077

37,816

99,971

2017

24,074

38,456

106,037

2018

24,925

39,088

108,496

2019

26,234

40,734

110,821

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2017

2018

2019

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

2,521

2,812

2,661

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

1,280

1,465

1,567

SONY CORPORATION

1,735

1,342

1,566

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

970

962

1,158

DENSO CORPORATION

968

998

1,026

NEC CORPORATION

899

947

1,024

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA

963

1,132

928

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION

133

138

703

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.

684

889

701

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.

323

504

692

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2017

2018

2019

SHISEIDO COMPANY, LTD

34

79

84

NINTENDO CO., LTD.

17

75

26

SEGA GAMES CO., LTD.

11

12

24

SONY CORPORATION

6

24

22

KABUSHIKI KAISHA BANDAI (BANDAI CO., LTD.)

3

13

21

SHIMANO INC.

13

8

18

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (DOING BUSINESS AS KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.)

11

16

17

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA

2

9

17

JAPAN TOBACCO INC.

14

8

16

FLOW FUSHI CO., LTD.

 

2

15

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2017

2018

2019

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

153

127

180

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA

46

29

129

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA

 

 

100

TOMY COMPANY, LTD.

8

43

81

YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO. LTD.

 

10

40

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION

57

69

38

TASAKI & CO., LTD.

 

1

35

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.

64

38

25

EPOCH COMPANY, LTD.

 

11

23

JAPAN TOBACCO INC.

6

17

23

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 01/2021

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.