Discount and Exemption System for Design Right Acquisition Cost
The JPO and local public authorities of Japan are offering subsidies for acquisition of Design right. In order to receive the subsidy, the applicant needs to satisfy, for example, the following requirements:
(i) The Applicant needs to fall under a small or medium enterprise, which is stipulated by the Japanese Small and Medium Enterprises Basic Act;
(ii) The Applicant has filed a design application in Japan at the time of applying for the subsidy;
(iii) The Applicant is going to file a foreign application claiming a priority of that earlier application within the fiscal year in which an application for the subsidy has been filed; and
(iv) The Applicant needs to pass, before filing the foreign application, the examination of the local public authority that offers the subsidy.
It should be noted that most of the local public authorities that offer the subsidy accept the application only from May to July.
The following websites provide further information regarding the subsidy (Japanese language only):
Subsidy System by JPO
Subsidies for local small and medium enterprises with intellectual property strategy (Subsidy for foreign application)
Under this system, the JPO is offering, through the small and medium enterprises support center located in the prefectures, a fraction of the cost for filing a foreign application from small and medium enterprises.
→Website of the JPO: SUBSIDIES FOR LOCAL SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES WITH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STRATEGY (SUBSIDY FOR FOREIGN APPLICATION)
Promotion System by Local Public Authorities
Local public authorities are offering a subsidy for acquisition of design right to small and medium enterprises that are located or have branches in a region governed by the local public authorities. The above website of the JPO provides also information regarding such authorities.
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) accept subsidy applications from small and medium enterprises of all parts of Japan.
Website of JETRO:https://www.jetro.go.jp/services/ip_service_overseas_appli.html(external website)