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Making Japan an intellectual property power

The IPCC was founded under the business philosophy of “Contributing toward Japan becoming an intellectual property-based nation” and has been building a much-needed system and performing important roles. The IPCC, which started as a small organization having only 16 staff members, has grown into the biggest patent search agency in Japan having more than 1,400 staff members. The IPCC will continue to help the JPO provide “the world’s fastest and best quality” patent examination services through our contribution to prior art searches and patent application classification, etc. in order to “Contributing toward Japan becoming an intellectual property-based nation.”

IPCC Profile

Name Industrial Property Cooperation Center (IPCC)
Representative Takashi Suzuki, President
Foundation date December 3, 1985
Basic fund 1.4 billion yen
Headquarters Fukagawa Gatharia W3 Building, 1-2-15 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6665-7850 (main) FAX: 03-6665-7890
Number of staff members 1,478 (as of April 2022)
Core business [Prior art searches]
(1) Prior art searches outsourced by the JPO as a part of the patent examination process
(2) Prior art searches conducted by the IPCC as a registered search organization upon request from an applicant, etc.

[Patent classification business]
(1) Classification of patent applications, etc. (FI, F-terms, etc)
(2) Development of an F-terms list

[Business for public interest purposes]
(1) Hosting the Patent Search Grand Prix