Monday, April 2, 2018

Japan's downward trend in patent application filings is about to end?

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) released an annual report "JPO Status Report 2018". According to the report, 318,479 patent applications were filed in 2017, that remains the same level as the previous year (increase by 161 applications, to be more exact). Hopefully it finally ends the downward trend.

As always, the most of patent applications (81.7%) were filed by Japanese companies, and the top 10 list to get Japan patents are monopolized by Japanese companies.

By the way, the number of trademark applications steadily increases. I'm just wondering if trademark is a better easy-to-use tool than patent to protect users' businesses.