SPARK Japan receives patent award

Posted on April 20th, 2021

Research Studio powered by SPARK, the SPARK Japan program headquartered at University of Tsukuba, was recently awarded the IP BASE Award from the Japan Patent Office.

Research Studio won the 2nd IP BASE Award for Ecosystem development along with Zero One Booster Inc., an accelerator. The Ecosystem award is given to communities or organizations who are contributing to raising intellectual property awareness in the domestic startup ecosystem, such as conducting evaluations, support, and enlightenment activities that actively utilize intellectual property for startups.

The JPO operates the IP BASE, an IP community portal site that collects the latest information on IP strategies, support measures, and events that are indispensable for startups. The site is designed to be a “base” for the startup IP community and provides basic knowledge and case studies of IP use. The IP BASE awards, held for the 2nd time this year, recognize efforts to advance and promote recognition of intellectual property.

Tomoyoshi Koyanagi, Professor of Medicine at University of Tsukuba, accepted the award on behalf of Research Studio at an award ceremony on March 19, 2021. Dr. Koyanagi said the award was given for Research Studio’s “contribution to developing a startup ecosystem through an acceleration program including coaching of IP strategy.”

IP BASE said in a news statement that Research Studio was awarded for “its contribution to the startup community, such as a mentoring session by IP experts for startups based on global expansion.”

Research Studio powered by SPARK operates at six universities in Japan: University of Tsukuba, Keio University, Osaka University, Kyoto University, Okayama University and Kyushu University.