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JPO Launches IP Acceleration Program for Startups

Initiative connecting startups and IP strategies

July 2, 2018

The Japan Patent Office

Aiming to encourage startups in their earliest business development stages to accelerate their business by taking advantage of intellectual property (IP), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) hereby launches a program titled “IP Acceleration program for Startups (IPAS).”

1. Outline of IPAS

To expand business, collaborate with large companies and develop business overseas, startups need to differentiate their business from other companies and establish their own brands, taking advantage of core technologies and ideas.

Under the IPAS, teams of IP mentors consisting of both IP and business experts will assist startups in jointly developing strategies that combine management and IP perspectives so that such businesses are able to scale.

2. Call for participating businesses

On July 2 (Mon.), 2018, the JPO will call for businesses to apply for the program, targeting startups engaging in research and development. From the applicants, the JPO will select approximately 10 businesses for the program.

3. Explanatory meetings concerning the call

The JPO will hold two explanatory meetings concerning the call as below:

In Osaka:

Date: July 6 (Fri.), 2018, from 11:00 to 12:00

Venue: Deloitte Tohmatsu Seminar Room, 6th floor, Yodoyabashi Mitsui Building (4-1-1 Imabashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture)

In Tokyo:

Date: July 10 (Tue.), 2018; from 13:30 to 14:30

Venue: Deloitte Tohmatsu Seminar Room, 4th floor, Shin-Tokyo Building (3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)

4. Details of the program

Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Research Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office