Japan IP Overview

The collapse of bubble economy in the late 20th century has widely increased public awareness of creating, protecting and exploiting intellectual property among Japanese. Since the late 1990s, intellectual property started drawing more attention. So far Japan has built a comprehensive intellectual property system protecting copyright and industrial property rights including patents, utility models, designs and trademarks. Japan Patent Office (JPO), the major intellectual property authority in Japan, is actively playing its role in the protection of industrial property rights and the boost of Japanese industry. The Intellectual Property High Court (IP High Court), established on April 1, 2005, is another distinctive institution in Japan. It is a branch within the Tokyo High Court specializing in intellectual property concerned cases.
For the steady execution of the “Strategy for Revival of Japan” and the “Basic Policy on IP Strategy” both decided by the Cabinet in June 2013, aiming at the best “IP-based Nation” in the world in next ten years, Japan has passed several revisions of IP laws in recent years. Also, with the development of globalization, measures have been taken so as to integrate into the global intellectual property system, for example, Japan’s accession to Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs in June 24, 2014, which was entered into force in September 24, 2014, as well as Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs of which Japan’s accession date was February 13, 2015 and the date of enforcement was May 13, 2015.


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