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Five Startups Selected as Recipients of Support Measures under the Second Round of Call of Applicants for the IPAS2019 Program

November 15, 2019

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) selected five startups as recipients of support measures under the second round of a call for applicants for the FY2019 IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS2019), a program for encouraging startups to accelerate their businesses making use of intellectual property (IP). To each selected startup, the JPO will dispatch an “IP Mentoring Team” consisting of selected experts in the fields of business and IP for helping the startups to develop strategies by combining business and IP toward their business growth.

1. Outline of the IPAS

Under this program, the JPO will consult on core technologies or ideas and business plans that respective startups have submitted, identify challenges in the businesses and IP faced by the startups as well as areas in which the startups need support, and organize “IP Mentoring Teams” consisting of experts with knowledge and skills that meet each startup.

Through a three-month mentoring program, a respective pair of selected startup and IP Mentoring Team will diagnose a business strategy and develop an IP strategy linked to that strategy.
Under the second call for applicants for IPAS2019, the JPO received applications from 53 companies and selected 5 as recipients of support measures based on the results of document screening and pitch presentation examinations.

2. IPAS2019 Kick-off event (press conference to announce the selected startups)

On November 28 (Thur.), 2019, the JPO will hold a kick-off event to explain the selected startups under the second round of a call for applicants for IPAS2019 at the Tokyo International Forum from 14:00.

3. Release of related information on the IP BASE website

On its IP BASE website for startups and IP experts, the JPO will release the details of the IPAS program as well as information on recipients of support measures and mentors participating in the support measures.

4. List of the selected startups under the second round of a call for applicants for IPAS2019 (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Division in Charge

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