Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos
Chapter 17: IP-based nation: Strategy of Japan
In January 2013, the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet announced that it was planning to establish new “Intellectual Property Policy Visions” for Japan. The first draft was published in February 2013 and contained the Japanese government’s intellectual property (IP) strategies for competing with emerging economies in the Far East Asia region. The document states that in order to achieve the same levels of availability of intellectual property protection in those countries with emerging economies as in Japan, several measures, such as sending the Japan Patent Office’s examiners to other patent offices in the region to harmonize examination processes and cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to enhance intellectual property protection in those countries, would be needed. According to governmental officials, these IP Policy Visions are intended to envision Japan’s intellectual property policy for the next decade. They take into account ten years’ experience of the “IP-based nation” policy and set out the baselines for making a future for the “IP-based nation” Japan.
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