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Japan: JPO created the first patent classification for IoT-based technologies

On 14 November 2016, the Japan Patent Office introduced a newly created patent classification (ZIT) for IoT-based technologies. From 2017 onwards, patent information users and searchers will be able to search using this new patent classification on J-PlatPat, the JPO’s platform on patent information.

The JPO is encouraging other patent offices to use this new classification, especially the IP5 offices.

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