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FY2018 Collection of Case Examples of Successful Projects under the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS) Released

April 5, 2019

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) compiled the FY2018 Collection of Case Examples of Successful Projects under the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS), an initiative for supporting startups in developing both IP and business strategies.

1. Outline of the IPAS

The IPAS is an acceleration program focusing only on the field of intellectual property (IP), as the first such initiative in Japan, started by the JPO in FY2018.

This program aims to support selected startups in building IP strategies tailored to their own businesses by receiving aid from dispatched mentoring teams of experts in the fields of IP and business, respectively.

In the first round of the FY2018 program, the JPO selected 10 startups and mentored them for about three months between October and December 2018.

On March 14, 2019, the JPO held an event called “Demo Day” to present the achievements of the FY2018 program and these 10 startups made presentations on the achievements made possible through the efforts under the program.

2. FY2018 Collection of Case Examples of Successful Projects under the IPAS

The collection of case examples compiled by the JPO presents the achievements and knowledge that the selected startups attained through the program to inform other startups of such achievements and motivate them to make use of the strategies presented in the management of their own IP. The collection focuses on the case examples uncovered in the FY2018 program and, based on this, presents a well-organized collection of nine IP-related challenges faced by businesses and solutions to those problems. For example, the collection explains key approaches to developing IP strategies, which is indispensable for business strategies, such as research on IP-related terms and conditions in formulating a joint-research contract with a third party and other points to be noted in filing a patent application.

The collection presents key points of support measures that may help not only startups but also their supporters from both business and IP perspectives.

3. Website for the collection

4. Information on the FY2019 IPAS

Following on from FY2018, the JPO will conduct the FY2019 program on a larger scale. A call for applicant startups for the FY2019 program will start in or after late April 2019.

Division in Charge

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