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Intellectual Property Rights
Japan Patent Office (JPO)
JPO's website outlines Japan’s patent system and provides the latest patent information.
Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL)
This is an online database available through JPO's website which offers free-of-charge search and browsing of patent information and data.
Copyright Research and Information Center (CRIC)
CRIC is a public interest incorporated association engaged in activities aiming at raising public awareness of copyright.
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
JIII is a public interest incorporated association operating for decades with the aim of enhancing Japan's systems for industrial property rights.
Japan Merchandising Rights Association
CODA; Content Overseas Distribution Association
Government Agencies
National e-Government portal (in Japanese only)
This system (e-Gov) is a portal site operated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan to offer comprehensive search and browsing of the information provided by national government agencies.
National Government Links
This is a collection of links to major legislative, administrative, and judicial agencies in Japan provided on the website of the Prime Minister's office.
Supreme Court of Japan
This site explains Japan's judicial proceedings and organization of courts and provides recent major Supreme Court cases and judgments.
Ministry of Justice of Japan
Various statistics, the bills submitted to the Diet, the Legislative Council's documents, and other information can be accessed.
MIC Statistics
Various statistics are provided jointly by the Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the National Statistics Center.
Official Gazettes (in Japanese only)
This website is operated by the National Printing Bureau to provide back issues of official gazettes for 30 days.
Laws & Regulations
Laws & Regulations Database System (in Japanese only)
The Administrative Management Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications operates this website to provide the full Japanese texts of the laws and regulations enforced and announced in official gazettes over two months before.
Court Cases
Supreme Court Cases
This is a database of Japan's Supreme Court cases provided on its website.
IP Lower Court Cases (in Japanese only)
This is a database for Japan's lower court cases relating to intellectual property disputes provided on the Supreme Court of Japan website.
JIII's Summary Report on IP Judgments
Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation provides a database for executive summaries of court judgments relating to intellectual property disputes, with a unique searching system.
Bar Associations
Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA)
This website provides general information about Japan's attorney system.
Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
Japan Patent Attorneys Association
Japan Federation of Shiho-Shoshi Lawyer's Associations
Other Links
National Diet Library
A book searching system and library online database are provided.
Registration Information Service (in Japanese only)
This is a fee-based online service for searching and browsing the registration information retained by registry offices in Japan.
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