Intellectual property protection in Japan

Intellectual Property in Japan

1. Japan general info

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the East of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the North to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the South. Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with over 126 million people.

International Country Code:  JP

Time zone:   UTC+9                               

Currency:  Japanese Yen (JPY)

See brief information about Patent registration in Japan (non-PCT)

See brief information about Patent registration in Japan (PCT national phase)

See brief information about Trademark registration in Japan

See brief information about Industrial Design registration in Japan

2. IP Legal Base in Japan

Patent Law
Utility Model Law
Trademark Law
Design Law

3. International organizations/agreements

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

4. Patent Office Contact Details

Japan Patent Office
3-4-3 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8915
Phone: +81-3-3581-1898
Fax: +81-3-3581-0762
Email: PA0810@jpo.go.jp
www.jpo.go.jp

5. IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in Japan are available in the fee calculator.


Brief summary is based on the information provided by YuNeed International Patent Office on 26/04/2017
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Japanese IP Laws

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