Saturday, November 14, 2015

WIPO IP Report / Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators: Japanese Companies Showing The Presence

WIPO IP Report 2015 and Thomson Reuters's Top 100 Global Innovators were published on November 11th and 12th respectively. In response to them, Japanese media reported that Japanese companies are showing their competitiveness; i.e. eight Japanese companies are ranked among the top 10 in the number of patent applications in robotics area, and forty Japanese companies are chosen in the top 100 global innovators.

However, it should be noted that Japanese companies have always been investing a huge money in R&D and IP, but most of them have been facing difficulties in business. Considering that, recently, Japanese companies and government are discussing and implementing a variety of measures to use IP effectively.  Hopefully such measures will work well.

My concern is that the share of academic patenting in Japan is lower than other countries (See Figure 6, Page 13 of WIPO IP Report). And Japanese universities moved down on the list of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The WIPO IP Report says that "the science system and formal linkages between scientific institutions and companies appear to be more important today than in the past". Hope academic will improve their performance.

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