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“Fourteen Challenges that Startups Tend to Face and Measures for Overcoming the Challenges Based on the JPO’s Awareness through its IP Support Measures” Released

April 8, 2020

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) published a compilation titled “Fourteen Challenges that Startups Tend to Face and Measures for Overcoming the Challenges Based on the JPO’s Awareness through its IP Support Measures.” This is a collection of successful case examples of leading startups that the JPO has supported under the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS), a program aiming to encourage startups to accelerate their growth by taking advantage of intellectual property (IP).

1. Outline of the IPAS

The IPAS is a program for supporting startups in developing their IP strategies. Under this program, the JPO will consult on technologies, ideas and business plans submitted by selected startups that are subject to support measures, identify challenges faced by the startups as well as areas in which the startups need support, and organize “IP Mentoring Teams” consisting of business and IP experts with knowledge and skills applicable to each startup.

Through a three-month mentoring program, respective pairs of selected startups and IP Mentoring Teams will develop a business strategy and an IP strategy linked to that strategy.

Since the inauguration of the program in FY2018, the JPO has supported 25 startups in total.

2. “Fourteen Challenges that Startups Tend to Face and Measures for Overcoming the Challenges Based on the JPO’s Awareness through its IP Support Measures” (collection of IPAS successful case examples)

This compilation categorizes 14 challenges that startups tend to face into three, well organized groups: “strategies for business models and technical seeds,” “IP strategies” and “strategies for successful applications,” based on the case examples of leading startups that the JPO has supported under the IPAS over the last two years and it explains approaches to overcoming each of the challenges.

For example, it focuses on a challenge concerning “strategies for business models and technical seeds” and then describes a case example of a startup “facing difficulties in designing an effective licensing scheme while aiming to start a licensing business making use of IP in the field of AI.” It also focuses on a challenge concerning “IP strategies” and describes a case example of a startup “facing a risk that a partner company, with which the startup is engaged in a joint research and development project, may obtain any IP right possessed by the startup.” The compilation offers measures for overcoming each of these case examples.

3. Website for access to the compilation

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The compilation is available on the JPO’s IP portal website for startups, titled “IP Base.”

 

4. Information on the FY2020 IPAS

Following on from FY2019, the JPO will conduct the FY2020 IPAS program. A call for applicant startups for the FY2020 program will start in late April 2020. The JPO will release the latest information on the call on the IP Base website and hopes that many of you will check the information.

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Division in Charge

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