Japan flag Japan: Business Environment

Intellectual property in Japan

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Japan Patent Organisation (JPO)
Japan Patent Information Organisation (JAPIO).
Regional Organisations
Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG), intellectual property resource of each member economy of the APEC community
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law of 1999
20 years, renewable Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
The Trademarks Law of 1997 is the basis of trademark protection, but the Unfair Competition Prevention Law enforced by the METI provides additional protection.
10 years, renewable every 10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design Law of 1997
15 years  
Copyright Law of 2006
Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Utility Model Law of 1997
10 years  

Return to top

Any Comment About This Content? Report It to Us.


© eexpand, All Rights Reserved.
Latest Update: April 2024