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The Japan Patent Office JPO Status Report 2017 Compiled Marking the record high number of international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hereby announces the release of the JPO Status Report 2017, a compilation of the latest statistical information and policy results. The report states that the JPO received 44,495 international applications in 2016, marking a historical record number.

With the world undergoing remarkably rapid transformation, companies are now paying closer attention to more carefully selecting and consolidating their business activities and also expanding their business operations overseas. This is to enable them to become more competitive in the global market. As a result, their IP strategies are also becoming more sophisticated and globalized.
Reflecting this trend, the number of patent applications filed with the JPO was 318,381 in 2016. While the number of filings has been gradually decreasing in recent years, the ratio of patent registrations by filing year has been increasing. This indicates that applicants have been shifting their IP strategies from quantity to quality (see Figures 1 and 2).

Looking at designs and trademarks in terms of the number of applications filed for registration in 2016 in Japan, there were 30,879 applications for the former and 161,859 for the latter, both of which show an increase from the previous year (see Figures 3 and 4).

Furthermore, as for international trends in patent applications, in 2016, 44,495 PCT international applications were filed with the JPO as their receiving office, setting a new record high. In addition around 2.889 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2015, which was also a record high. (see Figures 5 and 6).

Figure 1: Changes in the number of patent applications

Figure 2: Changes in the number of patent applications, number of requests for examination, patent registrations, etc. by filing year

Figure 3: Changes in the number of design applications

Figure 4: Changes in the number of trademark applications

Figure 5: Changes in the number of PCT international applications filed with the JPO as their receiving office

Figure 6: Changes in the number of patent applications in the world

Release date

March 30, 2017

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Research Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

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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