July 12, 2019
The Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2019 describes information on the current situations surrounding the intellectual property systems, future directions that Japan should take, domestic and overseas trends and analysis results, all of which are compiled based on recent statistical data, the initiatives of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and other data, for the purpose of the prevision of references to companies in developing their intellectual property strategies.
The year of 2019 is a milestone marking the end of the Heisei era. Taking this into consideration, the report provides the opening article featuring hit products in the era.
1. Table of contents of the report
Opening article: Looking back at the Heisei era from the viewpoint of intellectual property
Part 1: Trends surrounding intellectual property
Chapter 1: Current status of application filing, registrations, examinations, appeals and trials inside and outside Japan
Chapter 2: Intellectual property activities in companies, etc.
Chapter 3: Intellectual property activities in SMEs, regions, etc.
Chapter 4: Intellectual property activities in universities, etc.
Chapter 5: Field-based application trends inside and outside Japan
Part 2: JPO’s initiatives
Chapter 1: JPO’s initiatives in FY2018
Chapter 2: Initiatives on patents
Chapter 3: Initiatives on designs
Chapter 4: Initiatives on trademarks
Chapter 5: Initiatives on trials and appeals
Chapter 6: JPO’s initiatives on design management
Chapter 7: Initiatives on information systems
Chapter 8: Support and policy measures for a variety of users
Chapter 9: Support and policy measures for developing human resources
Chapter 10: Efforts for revising the industrial property rights systems
Part 3: International trends and JPO’s initiatives therefor
Chapter 1: International trends of intellectual property rights systems
Chapter 2: Efforts for developing global environments for intellectual property
2. Introduction of the opening article
For 31 years of the Heisei era, technologies dramatically advanced and changed our daily lives. In this era, patent and other intellectual property (IP) rights contributed to bolstering these technologies.
The opening article features the history of products and technologies that made a hit in the Heisei era, looking back at them from the viewpoint of IP. Upholding three subjects of automobiles, video games and mobile phones, the article interprets the correlation between the rise of hit products and the data on related patent applications by each subject.
3. Main text
The main text of the report presents information on the policy measures that the JPO has been tackling and also provides columns featuring stories of startup business operators, university research and individual inventors as well as explaining a variety of statistical information as below,
- Statistical information on companies’ activities for intellectual property in Japan (current situations of companies making use of their IP rights, expenditures for their IP activities, etc.),
- Ranking of companies by the number of registered applications for patents, designs and trademarks,
- Number of applications for patents, designs and trademarks filed by SMEs, etc.
4. URL for accessing the report
For the full text of the report, visit the JPO website here.
Division in Charge
Policy Planning and Research Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office