Friday, April 20, 2012

Japan's patent portfolio growth

Some patent data from Indonesia shows a trend:

total patents
1 US105912551211
2 JP86211151202
3  ID669756778
4 DE347449541
5 CH276303342

Overall patent filings in Indonesia are on the rise and in general the major filers are consistently rising. But Germany and Japan's patents jumped more than other major countries over this period. Japan's jump is consistent with WIPO data, which saw Japan's global patent filings rise fast in recent years (21% last year alone). Germany too, but not at the high rate their filings increased in Indonesia.

Japan's tech companies clearly have not been idle these last few recession years. A recent survey by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation showed Indonesia moving from 6th to 5th most important investment destination for Japanese companies. Japanese attorneys whom IP Komodo quizzed about this at the FICPI conference in Melbourne confirmed these suspicions. 

So is Japan busy building up an ever larger patent portfolio in major Asian emerging markets while the US and Europe slumber through their recession?

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