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Successful Universities that Accept IP Strategy Designers Determined

First effort in the inaugural year of the Project for Dispatching IP Strategy Designers to Universities

October 9, 2019

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hereby announces that it determined 28 successful universities that accept designers of intellectual property strategies (hereinafter referred to as “IP strategy designers”), experts who are dispatched to universities to help them identify their excellent research outcomes and design their IP strategies taking into consideration the standpoint of researchers, as its first effort in the inaugural year of the Project for Dispatching IP Strategy Designers to Universities.

1. Background

As research outcomes of universities are sources of critical knowledge for Japan, it is significant to broadly convey such knowledge across society, have it contribute to the development of further research and implement it in society. To these ends, IP rights are considered to play an important role.

Looking at the current situation of IP licensing, a key element playing a functional role in knowledge transfer in Japan, for example, the number of and income from such licensing by Japanese universities has been making steady growth from FY2003 to recent years, but the amount of value that these universities have gained from such licensing is far behind that of U.S. universities (source: Reference 1 “Toward the Paradigm Shift of IP systems” to the Agenda of the 12th meeting of the Intellectual Property Committee).外部リンク

In light of this situation, the JPO decided to launch a new project in FY2019 titled “Project for Dispatching IP Strategy Designers to Universities” as its effort for supporting universities in identifying inventions even at the stage of basic research and successfully acquiring IP rights placing eyes on future development of research outcomes. Through this effort, the JPO aims to help universities lead their research outcomes to: IP licensing to companies, establishment of university-oriented venture businesses, development of large-scale joint research and other initiatives.

2. Outline of the project

Under this project, IP strategy designers, who have special knowledge in industry-academia collaboration and specific technical fields and expertise in dealing with excellent research outcomes of universities, will make communication not only with university research administrators (URA) but also with other personnel responsible for supporting universities in advancing research and researchers, and will help universities identify research outcomes whose IP rights have not been protected yet, in parallel with sharing knowledge and knowhow with URAs and others.

For more information, see the JPO press release “Call for Applicant Universities that Accept IP Strategy Designers under the Project for Dispatching IP Strategy Designers to Universities.”

3. List of successful universities to which IP strategy designers are dispatched (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

The JPO called applicant universities for the project from July 4 (Thur.) to August 5 (Mon.), 2019, and determined the following 28 universities as successful universities to which IP strategy designers are dispatched. It will start dispatching such designers from mid October 2019 in sequence.

Iwate University, Oita University, Osaka University, Osaka Institute of Technology, Okayama University, Ochanomizu University, Kyushu University, Kyoto University, Saitama University, Sophia University, Shinshu University, Chiba University, University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Denki University, Tohoku University, Tokushima University, Tottori University, University of Toyama, Nagaoka University of Technology, Nara Medical University, Niigata University, Hiroshima University, Fukushima University, Mie University, Ritsumeikan University, and Wakayama Medical University

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