Support program for SME IP activity in Japan. WIPO forum on intellectual property and small and medium-sized enterprises 13 September 2007. Naohiko YOKOSHIMA. SME policy and patent policy coordination. SME policy and patent policy are planned and implemented by the same ministry .
WIPO forum on intellectual property andsmall and medium-sized enterprises
13 September 2007
Japan Patent Office
70-80% of total employment.
transactions with large enterprises in the
Previous SME Basic Act (1963)
Rectify the gap between large enterprises and SMEs.
Business”, “Promotion of Market Competition”,
“Increase of Attractive Job Opportunities” and
“Vitalization of Regional Economy”
Backlog of examinations increases and first action pendency becomes longer.
Although an acceleration plan foresees shorter pendency…
Additional special measures are necessary to support innovative SMEs.
SMEs need support in each stage of the“IP cycle”.
Education on the IP system and an advanced search environment helps to seek strategic R&D.
The financial burden for application and request for examination is crucial for SMEs.
Examination fee reduction/exemption are targeted to innovative SMEs and start-ups.
The last three conditions are verified by authorities.
The fee system may support strategic consideration with search support…
Half of the examination fee will be refunded if a request for examination is withdrawn before the first action.
And time is money…
All SMEs may request free “Accelerated Examination”. Average first action pendency is about 2.4 months, compared to 26 months in normal procedure.
Patent fee reduction helps SMEs to maintain their potential rights...
Matching SMEs’ patents and potential users is difficult, yet crucial.
patents stored in 2006)
130 (1999) 2,024 (2005)
Reaching SMEs is an initial step for support and for the patent office to know its users.
attorneys (7,000 in total).
Additional information can be found on the JPO website: http://www.jpo.go.jp/index.htm