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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

JPO Annual Report

On September 15, 2006, Japan Patent Office published the Annual Report of 2006. It is now available only in Japanese, but it will soon be published also in English. Previous Reports are here.

It is a compilation of previously published contents, so basically nothing new, but one of the things that draw my attention is survey results of intellectual property-related activities conducted by JPO.
According to the survey, it is estimated that there are about 45,000 IP-related personnel in Japan (42,000 in industry and 3,000 in universities or other public organizations), and that JPY 916 billion has been spent in FY 2004 as IP-related activities (JPY 517 billion in prosecution, 14 billion to compensation to inventors, 262 billion as personnel expenses).

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