IAM Patent 1000 2021

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Japan: Domestic

During 2020, Japan felt the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on its patent scene keenly. According to statistics released by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), June 2020 marked the first month when patent applications increased year on year – by just 0.5% – but this figure dropped again by a...

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During 2020, Japan felt the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on its patent scene keenly. According to statistics released by the Japan Patent Office (JPO), June 2020 marked the first month when patent applications increased year on year – by just 0.5% – but this figure dropped again by a precipitous 6% in the following month. By November, the JPO had received over 17,000 fewer applications throughout the first 11 months compared to the same period the previous year. In response, JPO Commissioner Toshihide Kasutani advised Japanese companies to reduce their maintenance costs by cutting back on patent renewals so as to free up investment for patent rights to protect new inventions. However, local businesses had other plans. Kasutani later acknowledged in his 2021 new year’s greeting that nearly half of Japanese companies planned to reduce patent filings for the coming year. Consequently, 2021 looks set to be another challenging year for Japanese innovation.

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