Statistical Country Profiles

Japan

Population (Million): 126.53 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 4,971.77 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

463,623

 

86,406

4,394.27

2010

468,438

 

102,977

4,578.47

2011

475,070

 

127,795

4,573.19

2012

490,271

 

120,761

4,641.56

2013

473,140

366,689

112,225

4,734.40

2014

465,971

415,927

113,257

4,752.14

2015

457,949

525,917

111,842

4,810.26

2016

456,550

620,629

122,577

4,839.56

2017

460,771

768,431

134,524

4,932.90

2018

460,369

719,264

141,278

4,971.77

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

295,315

53,281

168,308

2010

290,081

54,517

178,357

2011

287,580

55,030

187,490

2012

287,013

55,783

203,258

2013

271,731

56,705

201,409

2014

265,959

60,030

200,012

2015

258,839

59,882

199,110

2016

260,244

58,137

196,306

2017

260,292

58,189

200,479

2018

253,630

59,937

206,739

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

164,459

28,890

91,089

2010

187,237

35,456

99,608

2011

197,594

40,729

107,074

2012

224,917

49,874

118,607

2013

225,571

51,508

114,656

2014

177,750

49,392

119,270

2015

146,749

42,609

124,400

2016

160,643

42,444

128,592

2017

156,844

42,733

129,138

2018

152,440

42,085

131,628

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

1,347,998

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

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

7,799

1,708

410

2010

6,889

1,790

706

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

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

175,800

2010

 

 

183,711

2011

 

 

208,233

2012

 

 

226,526

2013

158,358

46,603

208,331

2014

192,180

49,145

223,747

2015

290,238

54,710

235,679

2016

390,525

60,613

230,104

2017

496,092

64,173

272,339

2018

438,338

73,818

280,926

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

188,367

2010

 

 

205,557

2011

 

 

188,737

2012

 

 

200,309

2013

 

 

207,789

2014

 

 

204,534

2015

 

 

258,129

2016

 

 

206,657

2017

 

 

245,264

2018

 

 

276,253

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

27,674

3,201

58,732

2010

28,083

3,673

74,894

2011

26,658

4,147

101,137

2012

27,933

4,458

92,828

2013

26,407

4,718

85,818

2014

24,868

4,870

88,389

2015

24,829

5,873

87,013

2016

24,552

6,667

98,025

2017

24,435

8,251

110,089

2018

23,459

8,009

117,819

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

25,819

2,993

65,217

2010

24,458

2,980

70,389

2011

23,042

3,232

96,511

2012

24,610

3,739

90,693

2013

24,272

4,016

86,256

2014

23,092

4,214

87,370

2015

21,966

5,266

83,222

2016

21,256

6,005

92,454

2017

21,483

6,512

112,991

2018

21,338

6,629

111,685

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

29,810

1,346

 

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

45,209

2,412

349

2017

48,205

2,543

352

2018

49,702

3,124

400

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

12,956

35,817

66,849

2010

13,925

35,549

78,456

2011

15,897

35,622

81,495

2012

17,881

35,177

96,052

2013

19,340

34,817

102,481

2014

20,616

37,721

103,939

2015

21,265

39,166

100,663

2016

22,077

37,816

99,972

2017

24,074

38,456

106,037

2018

24,925

39,088

108,489

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

2,053

2,521

2,812

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

1,175

1,280

1,465

SONY CORPORATION

1,665

1,735

1,342

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA

1,205

963

1,132

DENSO CORPORATION

986

968

998

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

968

970

962

NEC CORPORATION

1,056

899

947

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.

681

684

889

OLYMPUS CORPORATION

1,077

934

750

HITACHI, LTD.

1,047

923

714

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

SHISEIDO COMPANY, LTD

28

34

79

NINTENDO CO., LTD.

8

17

75

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

2

10

29

MIZUNO CORPORATION

10

19

27

KOSE CORPORATION

1

3

23

SONY CORPORATION

11

6

23

DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED

58

23

22

FUJIFILM CORPORATION

13

20

22

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.

4

22

21

MASH BEAUTY LAB CO., LTD.

 

19

19

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

111

153

127

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION

6

57

69

TOMY COMPANY, LTD.

 

8

43

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.

10

64

38

IWAKO CO., LTD.

 

 

31

OKAMURA CORPORATION

 

 

30

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA

26

46

29

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.

 

9

21

CROSSFOR CO., LTD.

3

1

21

HOKUBI CO., LTD.

 

13

21

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• 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 filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
• 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. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. 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: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.