Intellectual Property in Japan

Overview by
National Organizations
Japan Patent Organisation (JPO)
Japan Patent Information Organization (JAPIO)
Regional Organizations
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, 1999
20 years renewable Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trademarks Law 1997
The Unfair Competition Prevention Law, which is enforced by the METI, provides additional trademark protection.
10 years renewable every 10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design Law 1997
15 years  
Copyright Law 2006
Berne convention
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 1997
10 years  

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