Message from the President

Message from the President

The Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) was founded in 1938 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization and has since grown into the world's largest IP user group.
In order to contribute to the creation of a better IP environment, we will continue studying global IP-related issues and IP policies of various countries, maintain our independent status as a private institution, and express our opinions to relevant agencies and organizations in and outside Japan, while keeping in mind our roles in society.
We would greatly appreciate our membership's continuous cooperation.

The world economy has been growing slowly and steadily thanks to the strong U.S. economy. However, due to the slowdown of the Chinese economy and the drop in the prices of oil and other resources, the risk of downward pressure on the world economy is increasing. Depending on the future of the U.S. economy, the world economy could start to slow down. The future is quite unpredictable.
The Japanese economy is under the fourth year of "ABENOMICS", which is a set of economic policies designed to revive the Japanese economy. This year is crucial for "ABENOMICS". As you know, the "three arrows" of "ABENOMICS" consist of an audacious monetary policy, a flexible fiscal policy, and a growth strategy that encourages private sector investment. The first and second arrows have already been released. The remaining arrow is "growth strategy," which is the key to "ABENOMICS". Prime Minister Abe said that the purpose of the growth strategy is to promote creative activities in the private sector and to drive borderless innovation.

One of the changes in the environment surrounding innovation, which is the key to economic growth, is closer economic collaboration, which has led to the establishment of global rules not only for goods but also for investments, international mobility of people, and IP protection. These rules would create a fair, free, equal environment for competition and would expand economic zones and intensify global competition as a result. In order to survive and thrive in such an environment, radical innovations have never been more important than today.
There is also a change in the innovation process. Due to the advancement and complexity of recent technologies and the increase in the speed of product development, it has become difficult for a single company to develop products independently. It has become increasingly important to collaborate with other companies, universities, the national government, etc. and pursue open innovation. Such environment is expected to result in the integration of knowledge from various fields and the creation of radical innovations that will have great social impacts and create new markets.
The development of digital networks has also been causing rapid changes in terms of economy, society, etc. and has removed geographical restrictions and allowed access to a significant amount of information from anywhere in the world. Moreover, recently, we have seen the spread of a system called the "Internet of Things" (IoT), which allows us to grasp what is going on around the world on a real-time basis by connecting everything via the Internet. These recent developments are expected to lead to the creation of innovations that take advantage of these newly available technologies.

The promotion of closer economic collaboration, the spread of open innovation, and the development of digital networks as described above will rapidly transform the world into a so-called borderless society, which allows unrestricted movement of information, knowledge, technologies, funds, goods, and people. At the same time, this transformation has made us realize the limitations of the current IP-related legal systems and the implementation practices thereof, which have been developed based on the principle of territorial jurisdiction. In order to promote further innovation, it is necessary to establish a next-generation IP system.
Under these circumstances, the Japanese IP Strategic Program of this fiscal year emphasized the importance of the establishment of a next-generation IP system that is compatible with the widespread digital networks and the enhancement of IP management to pursue open innovation.

This fiscal year, we will continue using the JIPA slogan placed on the top of "Creating IP vision for the World" and build up a unifying JIPA in the world IP industry.

June 2016              

Kenji Kondo, President 2016  

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