15.The Environments Surrounding Intellectual Property: We will explain about WIPO Statistics in an easy-to-understand manner with illustrations. (IPdash Tokyo intellectual property firm/ Patent Attorney Hisamitsu TOMEBA)

This is the 15th part of our seminar “Intellectual Property in Japan (Patent right)”.
“WIPO Statistics” will be explained in an easy-to-understand manner with slides.

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The 5th chapter is “international relationships”.

To understand the patent trend in the world, we will look at the statistics published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Amount of patent applications is increasing in the world. Patent applications filed worldwide reached 3.3 million.

Amount of patent applications is increasing in the world.
The total amount of application in 2018 is 3.3 million.

Patent applications have increased in the United States, Korea, Europe. It have increased amazingly in China. On the other hand, it have decreased in Japan.

This is trend in patent applications for the top five offices.

The United State, Republic of Korea, and Europe show strong increase.

Remarkably, China shows amazing increase.

On the other hand, patent applications in Japan decrease in the last 10 years.

China is the TOP in the world in the amount of patent applications.

China is the TOP in the world in the amount of patent application.
Patent applications in China is more than 2.5 times as much as applications in the U.S.

The table of applications vs office. In Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, applications from NON-resident have the majority.

In the bar graph above, red means applications by resident, and orange means applications by non-resident.

In the countries having higher orange-ratio, foreign entities apply for patents actively.
It indicates that active investment is made in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Popular country for overseas applications: 1st the United States, 2nd Europe (EPO), and 3rd China.

Although the graph above is not familiar,
Left of the graph is the origin of applications, and Right is the destination of applications.

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Top Left is Japan.
There are some currents from the left side (Japan) to the right side.

The topmost current (red color) means the applications from Japan to overseas countries.
In the current, almost half goes to the United States (right side).

This means that half of overseas application goes toward the United States.

Similarly, the current shows that 1/7 goes to EPO, 1/4 goes to China in the applications from Japan to overseas countries.

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Furthermore, the right side of the graph tells the popular destination countries of overseas applications.

It shows that the most popular country is the United States, the 2nd is Europe, and the 3rd is China.

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Next topic is the amount of compensation for damages.

The table shows the Top 10 Compensation in the last 10 years in Japan. In the past, $74 million and $30 million were determined for damages.

The table above shows that TOP10 amount of compensation for damages in Japan in the last 10 years.

Although the top in the table is 17 million dollar, 74 million and 30 million dollar were determined for damages in the past.

In China, High price compensation have been determined. Moreover, punitive damages (less than 5 times) system have been introduced in China.

The table above shows that TOP10 amount of compensation for damages in China in the last 10 years.

Patent application in China became top in early 2010s.
This happened only in the last 10 years.

However, high price compensation (almost 50 million dollar) have already been determined.

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Furthermore, punitive damages (less than 5 times) system have been introduced in China.

Therefore, the amount of compensation for damages will go up in the future.

In the United States, the amount of compensation reached to several billion dollars.

The amount of compensation for damages is tens of millions dollar in Japan and China.

On the other hand, it comes to billions dollar in the United States.

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We have looked at the amount of compensation for damages in Japan, China, and the United States in the last 10 years.

These data shows that the rapid change in China and huge amount of compensation in the United States.

Patent application in China have increased rapidly, and the amount is the TOP in the world. In Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, etc., non-resident entity have actively applied for patent. Popular application destination are, the U.S., Europe, and China. The U.S. is the TOP in the amount of compensation for damages. However, trend in China should be watched carefully.

I’d like to wrap up with a summary of this part.
1. Patent application in China have increased rapidly, and the amount is the TOP in the world.
2. In Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, etc., non-resident entity have actively applied for patent.
3. Popular application destination are, the U.S., Europe, and China.
4. The U.S. is the TOP in the amount of compensation for damages. However, trend in China should be watched carefully.

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That’s all for the basic course of our Patent Seminar.

We have produced contents to show Japan Patent system in a plain manner.

We hope these content help your business in Japan or put a chance to start business in Japan.

Although there may be imperfection in the slides, we will improve the contents.

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We keep in mind to explain our work in an easy-to-understand manner.

If you are interested in obtaining patent rights in Japan, please contact us.

Our profession is in patent search, not only in writing description.
Careful investigation increase the possibility to obtain patent rights.


We are looking forward to our future business dealings in the days ahead.


IPdash Tokyo Intellectual Property Firm
Owner: Hisamitsu TOMEBA (Patent Attorney, Ph.D.)

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That’s all for Part 15 (WIPO Statistics).

IPdash Tokyo Intellectual Property Firm (Japan)

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