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Call for Applicants for the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS2021) to Open

June 15, 2021

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will open a call for applicant startups for a 2021 initiative under the IP Acceleration Program for Startups (IPAS), or "IPAS2021," a program for supporting startups in developing their intellectual property (IP) strategies.

1. Outline of the IPAS

This program will aim to support research and development (R&D)-based startups in developing their IP strategies to assist in accelerating their growth.
For startups, their IP itself (e.g., innovative technologies and ideas) is a source of competitiveness. Nevertheless, many startups advance their business operations without developing a strategy for making use of IP, which would in fact lead to greater growth. As a result, their technologies and ideas are more likely to leak and lead to the distribution of counterfeit products, which will cause them to lose out on the profits they would have gained from appropriate IP protection and implementation strategies. This is a major cause of loss of competitiveness for many startups.
Under this program, the JPO will create "IP Mentoring Teams" consisting of business experts and IP experts with specific knowledge and skills that each participating startup needs. Through a five-month mentoring program, each participating startup and IP Mentoring Team will create and hone a business strategy and develop an IP strategy linked to it. Through this approach, the JPO strongly encourages the participating startups to make strategic use of their IP and accelerate their growth without losing competitiveness.

2. Call for participating startups

On June 14, 2021 (Mon.), the JPO opens a call for applicant startups to participate in the program.

Period of the call:

From June 14 (Mon.) to July 19 (Mon.), 2021

Number of startups to be adopted:


Length of the support period:

5 months

3. Details of the program

For more information on the program, visit the IP BASE website.(in Japanses)外部リンク The application instructions and application form are also available on the website.

Division in Charge

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

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