The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced that it will establish the meeting for the study for discussing how to enhance industrial competitiveness by industrial design.
The agenda such as how to establish a national strategy to promote industrial design or how to revise the Japanese Design Law will be discussed.
Japanese Design Law does not seem to sufficiently address the demand for perfect protection of industrial designs. Since the scope of rights is too narrow, it is unable to protect registered designs from copied designs.
Japanese Design Protection system is not utilized well. Actually, number of Design Applications in 2016 was only 30,879, although number of Patent Applications was 318,381.
In near future, a system that gives highly effective rights that can support companies that place emphasis on industrial design power is required.