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Faculty of Intellectual Property

Japan's first and unique faculty for the study of intellectual property and professional skills

Innovation is a key factor for the continued growth of industrial society. For promoting innovation, we need not only to develop new knowledge and technology, but also to implement "the intellectual creation cycle" that will ensure the creation, protection and utilization of intellectual property. Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) is the one and only institution in Japan that holds a specialized faculty for educating IP specialists, who can play important roles in each stage of "the intellectual creation cycle" responding to the growing social needs for IP management.

The school provides three major courses in accordance with the students' future career paths

The faculty of Intellectual Property offers a wide range of learning opportunity for students to realize their goals and objectives. The three courses including
(1) the Intellectual Property Professional Course,
(2) the Brand & Design Course, and
(3) the Business Management Course,
are each designed to pursue the targeted images of professionals in each field.

Small-group instruction and individual guidance

One distinctive feature of learning at the Faculty of Intellectual Property is its seminar-based small-group instruction, which starts at the students' first year and guides them all the way through to graduation, providing personalized learning support as well as guidance for campus life and career planning.

Opportunities to learn science and technology subjects provided by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Intellectual property is a multidisciplinary field involving social sciences and natural sciences. The study of intellectual property therefore requires a wide range of knowledge including law, science and technology, economics, business administration, and so forth. Taking advantage of a technology institute having the faculties of engineering and information science, students in the Faculty of Intellectual Property can learn those science and technology subjects provided by the other two faculties.


Japan is one of the leading countries promoting intellectual property rights, which is giving a competitive edge to Japanese industries in the global market as well as opportunities for sustainable growth. The Faculty of Intellectual Property offers a wide range of subjects providing the latest academic knowledge and practical skills for students hoping to become IP specialists. Our curriculum is designed for students to be able to learn a variety of subjects including law, economics, business administration, science and technology through four years.

First Year Curriculum

Besides general academic subjects, the first year students will learn basic intellectual property laws as well as fundamental laws including the civil law and the Japanese constitution. They are also required to learn basic business skills such as report writing and computer literacy.

Second Year Curriculum

The second year students are to select from the three courses provided in accordance with their future career paths:
(1) the Intellectual Property Professional Course,
(2) the Brand & Design Course, and
(3) the Business Management Course.
Then they will take particular subjects depending on their courses, for instance, basic issues in IP Laws (Patent Law, Utility Model Law, Design Law, Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Prevention Law), Economics, International Law, and so on. Practical skills will be taught in small-groups.

Third Year Curriculum

The third year students will study specific issues on IP as well as learn how to put their acquired knowledge into practice through problem based learning. The summer internship program will provide students with precious opportunities to communicate with patent attorneys and IP specialists in corporations and law firms, where they can learn the connection between academic knowledge and practical skills. Research seminars in small groups will start this year and each student will begin research on his/her chosen theme under the supervision of the faculty in charge.

Forth Year Curriculum

The fourth year students are required to complete their graduation studies under the supervision of the faculty in charge. They are also encouraged to take science and technology classes as well as special English classes for brushing up their knowledge and skills.

Three Courses

Three Courses

The Faculty of Intellectual Property offers three courses focusing on specific knowledge and skills required in the respective fields. The second year students and on are to belong to one of those courses in accordance with their goals and objectives.

IP Professional Course

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills for protecting and promoting the intellectual property rights such as patent right and copyright. Intellectual property are important human assets that are yielded by all kinds of creative activities including invention, music, art, etc., and thus deserve special protection for the promotion of industry and culture. This course aims at bringing up future IP specialists who can assume this important role in the global workplace.

Main subjects Patent Law and Utility Model Law, International IP Law,
Patent Design Quest, International IP Quest
Future careers IP specialists in corporations, R&D Planning Division specialists,
Paralegals at IP law firms

Brand & Design Course

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills for utilizing intellectual property in business with a particular emphasis on brand, design, and contents. This course aims at bringing up future specialists with a profound understanding of the importance of brand, design, and contents in the market, and with expertise on how to utilize them in business.

Main subjects Market and Brand, Brand Strategy, Design Strategy,
Brand Quest, Contents IP Quest
Future careers Specialists for brand management, product design,
content management

Business Management Course

This course focuses on providing the knowledge and skills for managing the use of intellectual property with a wider perspective of business in general. This course aims at bringing up business professionals with special understanding of intellectual property and skills to utilize it in business.

Main subjects Innovation and Corporate Strategy, Management Strategy, Economics,
IP Management Quest, Regional IP Quest
Future careers Global business professionals with special IP knowledge and skills

Quick Master Program

The Faculty of Intellectual Property grants early admission to the Graduate School of Intellectual Property to the third year students with high academic achievement. This early admission system allows excellent students to earn both bachelor's degree and master's degree in Intellectual Property in five years' time

Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning is a method of active leaning aiming at enhancing students' critical thinking by engaging them in various problem solving activities. Through this approach, students will work together in groups and learn how to find, analyze, and solve open-ended real-world problems. They can choose specific projects suited for the curriculum course they belong to.

Patent Design Quest

Patent and design are the two most important intellectual properties for manufacturing companies. Students are expected to imagine themselves in a situation where invention or design development are actually taking place and think how they can help the company acquire patents or design rights and utilize them effectively.

International IP Quest

Due to globalization, the demand for obtaining IP rights abroad is ever more increasing. Students are expected to consider how to deal with international IP disputes and how to negotiate and obtain IP rights successfully in international settings.

Brand IP Quest

Brand and corporate image emerging from company logos and product names are extremely important IP assets. Students are expected to consider the ways to increase the value of those assets and come up with strong brand strategies.

Contents IP Quest

Music, movies, novels, comics, games, apps, etc. are referred to as contents. Students are expected to investigate the ways to promote the use of contents through licensing as well as the ways to prevent illegal copies from happening

Intellectual Property Management Quest

To gain the winning edge in the highly competitive international market, it is very important for a company to manage intellectual property effectively and distinguish itself from other companies. Students are expected to consider effective IP strategies for corporations to be successful in the international market.

Regional Intellectual Property Quest

Intellectual property like Kobe beef and many regional brands have been revitalized many regions. Students research and consider look for regional revitalization by using intellectual property.

Subject Area

Common subjects

Psychology, History, Economics, Sociology, Political science, Technology in Japan, Science of Arts and so on

Special subjects

Intellectual property internship program in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Intellectual property internship program in San Francisco and Silicon Valley
Intellectual property internship program in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

In October 2015, four students and one faculty member participated in the intellectual property internship program which took place in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
This program was carried out as the first attempt of "international PBL" in the faculty of intellectual property.
They visited a federal court and some of the best-known companies like Google Corporation, Cisco Company, and RPX Corporation, and they also attended a lecture at the Morrison Foster law office.
The lecture and interviews were all carried out in English, and they got a glimpse of real international IP business scene. They also investigated on current IP issues, for example patent troll problems, which turned out to be perceived quite differently from our point of view. The international IP internship program is a substantial program which provides studentswith excellent opportunities to learn English and the significance of IP through PBL.

IP PR Party

IP PR Party
IP PR Party

The Intellectual Property Public Relation Project (IP PR Project) is the extracurricular activity promoted by the IP faculty student members. The aim of this project is to support SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and other industrial associations in terms of IP strategies, which will give them better IP management skills. This activity is, in other words, IP consultation with real IP entities by IP students. In 2012, the project team helped some individual investors in the community to research for patentability and prepare patent specifications. The description of invention was adjusted and applications for patents and utility models were compiled by the students based on the consultation with the inventors.
Since 2013, the project has been developed in cooperation with the Osaka-Ranma Industry Association for promoting skillful traditional handcrafts while utilizing the regional collective trademark system. The students have been trying to advance into not only the domestic market but also the global market using English. In 2014, the project supported a local SME to develop new products on "Ikumen," which is a resent keyword and meaning supportive men for raising children. The project team provided assistance with making a prior-art research, compiling applications for IP rights, conducting a market research, and building brand strategies.

Enjoy pre-graduation thesis study at Faculty Seminars

Enjoy pre-graduation thesis study at Faculty Seminars

On average seven students are allocated in each faculty. Students can choose a seminar according to their research interests. Allocated students are expected to look into various topics. For example students discuss the companies IP strategies. The study topics include: IP activities in the field of pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobiles and machinery contrasting the differences and similarities among them ; patent litigations in the semiconductor business in Japan in comparison with the U.S. cases; the comparative study of the utility-model protections in Japan and China; harmonization of trademark protections.
When a student argues that the amount of damages in the U.S. patent cases is too large compared with Japan, another student disagrees by pointing out the different ways of calculating damages and the influence of the jury system in the U.S. Candid discussions go on and various opinions are exchanged. Heated and frank discussions continue. Faculty seminars tackle the other topics in the same manner and the discussions continue with the joy of studying. As such, the atmosphere is warm. Faculty seminars provide students with excellent opportunities to learn how to look at facts objectively and think critically through debate. This helps students to develop their own vies and enables them to draw up graduation theses by the end of the year.

Challenging the Chinese Patent System

It may be no exaggeration to say that Chinese IP issues are one of the major concerns for every business person. Professor Murakawa's seminar focuses on this hot area which includes the comparative study of patent systems in Japan and China. This seminar enjoys the benefit of a number of published materials thanks to the long-term research by Prof. Kawahara. In addition, the student members have easy access to the databases related to the Chinese patent act and take a special lesson from a data-research expert.

Mastering IP Strategies for Ventures Business!

To be blunt, IP strategy is the must-have for ventures. The key element of this strategy is how to evaluate the worth and value of the entity's intellectual property.
Professor Hayashi is one of a few experienced experts in this area. In Prof. Hayashi's seminar, the students analyze individual companies' strategy and acquire basic skills of intellectual property evaluation. The seminar provides many opportunities to visit venture companies and to meet entrepreneurs.

Other themes (examples);

  • Patent Prosecution, Administrative and Judicial Process
  • Standardization and Intellectual Property
  • IP Information Search and Analysis
  • Information Technology and Strategic Management of Enterprises
  • Patent Management and Strategy in Japanese Pharmaceutical and Bio-Industries
  • Criteria of Patentability in Japan Patent Office and Courts
  • IP Management, Enforcement and License
  • Economical Evaluation of Intellectual Property
  • Management and Strategy of IP Professionals
  • Research, Development and IP Strategy in Japanese Enterprises
  • History of Science and Technology in Japan and East Asia
  • Copyright, Digital Contents and Freedom of Expression
  • Intellectual Property Litigations and Alternative Dispute Settlements
  • Influence of Intellectual Property System from Economics Perspective
  • Statistical Analysis of IP Information
  • IP License, Academia-Industry Collaboration and Contract
  • International Law and Intellectual Property