Patent System in Japan

Effective July 1, 2019, PCT Regulation 69, which stipulates the start of the international preliminary examination, was implemented.
As a result, if an international preliminary examination request is made after the date of enforcement, the international preliminary examination will begin upon receipt of all necessary documents and fees from the International Preliminary Examining Authority.


On June 14, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries registered the geographical indication based on the geographical indication method.
The geographical indication protection system links the names and place names of products such as agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products that have been recognized for high quality by the climate and climate of each region of Japan, and traditional manufacturing methods linked to them, as intellectual property. It is a system to register and protect.


The Japan Patent Office is a leading-edge field that is expected to create and expand future markets such as “cancer immunotherapy”, “next-generation building technology”, “power assist suit”, and “payment system using virtual currency / electronic money”. We compiled reports that investigated and analyzed patent and paper information on 12 technical themes.


Following the previous year, the Japan Patent Office will implement the “IPAS 2019 IP Acceleration Program” to accelerate venture businesses with intellectual property.


The Ministry of Finance made public the status of the injunction of intellectual property infringing goods in 2018 customs.

According to this, the number of import injunctions reached 26,005, exceeding 25,000 for 7 consecutive years, and the number of import injunctions for intellectual property infringing goods reached 929,675 (83.5% compared to the previous year), 5 It was the best in the year.


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