Patenting and Innovation in Japan

February 2012. Prof Sadao Nagoka dedicates his academic work to the effects of intellectual property (IP) rights on R&D policy as well as the design of competition and trade policies. His work is influential in shaping the political framework for innovation in Japan. In the interview with B2Bioworld he describes barriers to innovation with examples from Japan’s life science sector. He outlines his role as Member of EPO’s advisory board, and offers insights about how and what the world’s major IP systems of Japan, Europe and the United States might learn from each other. Trends for biotech start-ups in Japan, an overview on its examination request system (including fast track) and expected impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on bio-prospecting.

Includes: Average cost of Japanese patent; Length of examination; Statistics starting 1988 until 2009Reading time: 12 min

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