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Accelerated patent examination procedures spur Japanese university innovation

Two recent events—the issuance of the world's first patent for induced pluripotent stem cells and, under a pilot system, the issuance of the fastest patent ever granted—signal a watershed in Japanese academia's transition from gown to town.

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Figure 1: Patent filings from Japanese universities.
Figure 2: Patent licensing trends at Japanese universities.
Figure 3: Induced pluripotent stem cells technology patent map, 2005–2009 (as of 13 February 2009).
Figure 4: Accelerated patent examination requests from Japanese university and TLO applicants.

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Tessensohn, J., Yamamoto, S. Accelerated patent examination procedures spur Japanese university innovation. Nat Biotechnol 27, 815–818 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt0909-815

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