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Japan to work with U.S., others to improve process for AI patents

  • June 22, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:33 p.m.
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TOKYO – Japan will cooperate with the United States, most European nations, China and South Korea to improve application and examination procedures for patents related to artificial intelligence and new technologies, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.


The move, which involves patent offices of the five parties, aims to encourage inventors to protect their intellectual property rights in a field where demand is growing.


According to the Japan Patent Office, applications filed in the five economies accounted for around 85 percent of the roughly 3.22 million patent applications filed worldwide in 2019.


Commissioners of the five agencies, who have been meeting since 2007, will set out a schedule at their next meeting to be held online Wednesday to create a collaborative system for examining AI-related patents.


As requirements for the same patent application vary, making each area’s standards easier to compare is expected to simplify the process for applicants.


Wednesday’s meeting will also affirm each agency’s commitment to promoting online procedures, which have become increasingly needed amid the coronavirus pandemic.


The patent offices will also report on their measures to achieve sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, and convey their dedication to solving social issues through technological innovations spurred by intellectual property.

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