COUNTRY : JAPAN
CAPITAL : TOKYO
LANGUAGE : JAPANESE
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, WIPO, BERNE CONVENTION
Japnese Intellectual Property Office is known as the JPO- Japnese Patent Office.
WHY PROTECT DESIGNS IN JAPAN ? Patent law deals in ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of a company or organization as it deals with inventions that are not easily accessible by the general public. Designs along with Trademarks on the other hand, are the ‘visual medium’ which aid in brand projection, recognition, association and retention by existing and potential customers. To prevent rivals from copying industrial designs, it is therefore an important and strategic aspect in the protection of intellectual property rights. Therefore, as with all IP, it is better to begin protection of designs at the earliest before disclosure with the general public.