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Release of Annual Report on the Office of Intellectual Property Protection (2016)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and related ministries (the Cabinet Office, National Police Agency, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Consumer Affairs Agency) compiled and released the Annual Report on the Office of Intellectual Property Protection, which summarizes measures that the government has taken to combat counterfeit and pirated goods in the past year.

1. Outline of the Report

The Annual Report on the Office of Intellectual Property Protection summarizes the activities of the consultation service that the Office of Intellectual Property Protection implements on behalf of the government pursuant to the Intellectual Property Strategic Program (adopted by the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters). Its purpose is to provide relevant information primarily for Japanese industries.

Since 2006, the report has been prepared by METI, which operates the Office of Intellectual Property Protection, in cooperation with related ministries (the Cabinet Office, National Police Agency, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Consumer Affairs Agency). The 11th report has just been issued.

The 2016 Annual Report highlights several points, including the following facts: [i] the number of consultation cases has marked a record high, [ii] the number of consultations and information provisions related to internet transactions remains high, [iii] among cases of counterfeit goods for which countries of manufacture were identified, those relating to China were the largest in number, and [iv] trademark infringement cases accounted for a large percentage of the total.

Number of consultations and information provisions

Number of consultations and information provisions related to internet transactions

2. Configuration of the Report

The report is composed of two sections: the main text is the Report on the Office of Intellectual Property Protection, and the Appendix consists of the Current Situations of Counterfeits and Pirated Goods.

Reference

Release date

July 1, 2016

Division in Charge

Office for Intellectual Property Right Protection, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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