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JPO Status Report 2018 Compiled

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hereby announces the release of the JPO Status Report 2018, a compilation of the JPO’s latest initiatives and statistical information. The report states that the number of applications for patents, designs and trademarks and international applications in 2017 respectively increased from the previous year and, in particular, the number of patents applications increased for the first time in five years.

1. Details of the report

This report aims to deliver such information to people inside and outside Japan, and to this end, thoroughly describes it in both Japanese and English.

Part 1 Facts and Figures on Trends in Intellectual Property

  • Chapter 1 Trends in Intellectual Property in Japan
    Statistical information on patent, design and trademark applications filed with the JPO and registration therein (e.g., changes in the number of applications, top 10 companies with the most number of registrations, etc.)
  • Chapter 2 Trends in Intellectual Property Worldwide
    Statistical information on patent, design and trademark applications filed with IP5 offices (JPO, USPTO, EPO, SIPO and KIPO) and registration therein

Part 2 2017 Policy Outcomes

  • Chapter 1 Examinations/Trials and Appeals
    JPO’s initiatives for the speed of examinations/trials and appeals, improvement of the quality thereof, etc.
  • Chapter 2 International Initiatives
    JPO’s cooperation with other IP offices and related organizations and international initiatives among IP offices for harmonization of IP systems and operations
  • Chapter 3 Support Measures, Law Amendments, etc.
    JPO’s initiatives for supporting SMEs, universities, etc. and those involving law amendments and standard essential patents

 Examination, Appeals, Trials, and Opposition Flow Chart, Schedule of Fees, Contact Information, etc.

  • Information on the flow chart from filing applications to registration or trials, a schedule of fees, information on contact counters of the JPO and other related organizations, etc.

2. Website for the report

3. Overview of the statistical information

In 2017, the number of patent applications field with the JPO increased for the first time in five years. Following on from the previous year, the number of design and trademark applications continued to increase.


4. Overview of the Facts & Events 2017

As a numerical summary of the main text (Parts 1 and 2), this section describes the major statistical information by patent, design and trademark involving the speed and quality of examinations, and international applications as well as major events in 2017.


Release date

March 29, 2018

Division in Charge

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

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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