March 31, 2020
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hereby announces the release of the JPO Status Report 2020, a compilation of the latest statistical information and policy outcomes. The JPO formulates the Status Report with an aim to swiftly convey information on the current situations surrounding the intellectual property system as well as the JPO’s initiatives and other issues.
This report is provided in both Japanese and English in order to serve as a tool for conveying information to people both inside and outside Japan.
1. Outline of the Status Report
Part 1 Facts and Figures on Trends in Intellectual Property
Chapter 1 Trends in Intellectual Property in Japan
(Statistical information on patent/design/trademark applications and registration with the JPO)
Chapter 2 Trends in Intellectual Property Worldwide
(Statistical information on patent/design/trademark applications and registration with the IP5 Offices)
Part 2 2019 Policy Outcomes
Chapter 1 Examinations/Trials and Appeals
(Initiatives for the speed of examinations/trials and appeals, improvement of the quality thereof, etc.)
Chapter 2 International Initiatives
(Initiatives to promote cooperation with IP offices and related organizations and harmonization of IP systems and practices)
Chapter 3 Support Measures, Law Amendments, etc.
(Initiatives to support Startups, SMEs, universities, etc. and discuss law amendments)
2. Facts & Events 2019
This section provides digest information on the major statistical information concerning the speed and quality of the examination process respectively for patents, designs and trademarks, and the major policy outcomes and events in 2019.
3. Statistical information
In 2019, the number of international patent applications among all patent applications filed with the JPO increased over the previous year, and the numbers of design applications and trademark applications filed with the JPO increased year-on-year.
Changes in the number of patent applications
Changes in the number of design applications
Changes in the number of trademark applications
4. Where to find
For the full text of the JPO Status Report 2020, visit the JPO website.