Statistical Country Profiles



Japan

Population (Million): 125.84 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 5,224.85 (2019)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

475,142

 

127,853

4,808.10

2012

490,501

 

120,805

4,879.99

2013

473,220

366,295

112,276

4,977.60

2014

466,032

415,927

113,288

4,996.25

2015

458,042

525,774

111,902

5,057.36

2016

456,635

620,790

122,675

5,083.75

2017

460,771

768,622

134,651

5,193.98

2018

460,375

719,349

141,351

5,210.77

2019

453,816

791,112

126,259

5,224.85

2020

423,254

633,019

107,809

 

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

287,580

55,030

187,562

2012

287,013

55,783

203,488

2013

271,731

56,705

201,489

2014

265,959

60,030

200,073

2015

258,839

59,882

199,203

2016

260,244

58,137

196,391

2017

260,292

58,189

200,479

2018

253,630

59,937

206,745

2019

245,372

62,597

208,444

2020

227,348

61,124

195,906

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

197,594

40,729

107,074

2012

224,917

49,874

118,667

2013

225,571

51,508

114,659

2014

177,750

49,392

119,290

2015

146,749

42,609

124,416

2016

160,643

42,444

128,607

2017

156,844

42,733

129,170

2018

152,440

42,085

131,628

2019

140,865

39,045

143,058

2020

140,329

39,054

138,602

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2020

2,039,040

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2020

4,377

1,641

2,437

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

208,233

2012

 

 

226,231

2013

158,358

46,603

207,937

2014

192,180

49,149

223,747

2015

290,238

54,710

235,536

2016

390,525

60,613

230,265

2017

496,092

64,178

272,530

2018

438,340

73,780

281,009

2019

471,748

74,476

319,364

2020

342,956

78,210

290,063

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

188,729

2012

 

 

200,309

2013

 

 

207,789

2014

 

 

204,534

2015

 

 

258,129

2016

 

 

206,758

2017

 

 

245,263

2018

 

 

276,505

2019

 

 

316,773

2020

 

 

315,731

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

26,658

4,147

101,195

2012

27,933

4,458

92,872

2013

26,407

4,718

85,869

2014

24,868

4,870

88,420

2015

24,829

5,873

87,073

2016

24,552

6,667

98,123

2017

24,435

8,251

110,216

2018

23,460

8,111

117,891

2019

22,920

9,260

103,339

2020

22,392

9,258

85,417

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

23,042

3,232

96,539

2012

24,610

3,739

90,752

2013

24,272

4,016

86,257

2014

23,092

4,214

87,425

2015

21,966

5,266

83,254

2016

21,256

6,005

92,568

2017

21,483

6,512

112,998

2018

21,338

6,629

111,928

2019

20,875

7,436

101,994

2020

18,852

8,987

94,713

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

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

49,704

3,193

401

2019

52,702

3,158

400

2020

50,559

3,063

408

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

15,897

35,622

81,562

2012

17,881

35,177

96,261

2013

19,340

34,817

102,554

2014

20,616

37,721

103,992

2015

21,265

39,166

100,751

2016

22,077

37,816

100,053

2017

24,074

38,456

106,034

2018

24,925

39,088

108,495

2019

26,234

40,734

112,522

2020

26,963

40,671

108,218

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

2,812

2,661

2,810

SONY CORPORATION

1,342

1,566

1,793

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

1,465

1,567

1,611

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION

138

703

1,372

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

962

1,158

1,128

NEC CORPORATION

947

1,024

1,121

DENSO CORPORATION

998

1,026

1,062

NTT DOCOMO, INC.

450

624

767

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA

1,132

928

745

SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

467

517

703

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

SHISEIDO COMPANY, LTD

81

70

130

NINTENDO CO., LTD.

71

32

90

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA

9

6

23

CENO COMPANY LTD.

2

 

21

FANUC CORPORATION

11

7

21

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.

5

15

18

SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED

17

15

18

INTERFACE CORPORATION

 

 

17

KOMATSU LTD.

 

7

17

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION

 

3

16

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

127

183

107

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA

 

100

79

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA

29

129

62

NIKON CORPORATION

4

23

59

TOMY COMPANY, LTD.

43

81

37

YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO. LTD.

10

30

35

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION

69

38

33

KUBOTA CORPORATION

5

10

28

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION

10

11

26

JAPAN TOBACCO INC.

17

23

26

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 11/2021

• 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.