Patent System in Japan

On April 3, 2023, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) released a research report on the intellectual property system and economy for the fiscal year 2022.
The report analyzes the following four items.

On April 1, 2023, the JPO established the Overseas Business Development Support Office in the International Cooperation Division of the General Affairs Department in order to strengthen the function of supporting overseas business development by small and medium-sized enterprises, etc. utilizing intellectual property.

On March 15, 2023, the JPO announced that it will suspend fast-track examination of trademarks as of March 31, 2023, due to the shortened examination period.
However, applications filed prior to March 31, 2023 that meet the requirements for fast-track examination will be subject to fast-track examination.

An intellectual property drama in which a subordinate who is an intellectual property novice and his boss who is an intellectual property elite team up and struggle to deal with various problems related to intellectual property began on April 12 on commercial TV.

On December 28, 2022, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that it will conduct a patent application technology trend survey by selecting technological themes that are expected to develop in the future, focusing on fields that are expected to create new markets and that should be promoted as national policy. 

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