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2. Questions regarding the Section for Intellectual Property

Q-01 What types of activities does the Section for Intellectual Property perform?
Q-02 What is the basic philosophy of the University when it comes to the Section for Intellectual Property?
Q-03 What kind of benefits can I expect from using the Section for Intellectual Property?
Q-04 Does the Section for Intellectual Property only handle patents?
Q-05 How does the Section for Intellectual Property transfer technology to society?
Q-06 What sort of performance has the Section for Intellectual Property exhibited in recent years?
Q-07 Does the Section for Intellectual Property provide intellectual property related services to those people who are not enrolled at Keio University?
Q-08 Where is the Section for Intellectual Property located?

Q-01 What types of activities does the Section for Intellectual Property perform?

The Section for Intellectual Property acts as an interface that ties the University together with society through intellectual property generated from research findings. The Section engages in a variety of services related to intellectual property including the protection and management of intellectual property, transfer of technology, contract support on joint or funded research projects, acquisition of external funding sources, education on intellectual property, and the establishment of more places for industry-academia alliances to occur, etc. As an organization within Keio University, the Section for Intellectual Property is funded by the University and operates under its authority.
For further information, please refer to the Section for Intellectual Property website:

Q-02 What is the basic philosophy of the University when it comes to the Section for Intellectual Property?

In addition to educating and researching, Keio University’s mission is to return the results of our research findings to society. As such, we publicly believe that “the results from research carried out at Keio University are an invaluable resource for the University, and we promote and support the aggressive protection and use of such intellectual properties.


Q-03 What kind of benefits can I expect from using the Section for Intellectual Property?

Keio University bears the expenses and is responsible for registering any discovery or invention (patents, designs, etc.). The Section for Intellectual Property is responsible for protecting such rights and transferring technology accordingly to society. Any compensation from the technology transfer is distributed to the inventor or researcher who made the discovery, the University, and department according to the Rules Pertaining to the Distribution of Compensation. The inventor or researcher who made the discovery can choose to keep the earnings or use them to cover research expenses.


Q-04 Does the Section for Intellectual Property only handle patents?

The Section for Intellectual Property mainly focuses on patents. However, we have the ability to handle not only patents but also other intellectual property such as designs, trademarks, contents, computer programs and research tests. For further details, please consult the staff at the Section for Intellectual Property.


Q-05 How does the Section for Intellectual Property transfer technology to society?

A supervisor at the Section for Intellectual Property will work closely with the inventor or researcher and introduce interested companies to the research findings. In addition, the Section for Intellectual Property will introduce University-based technologies to the public at events or locations where industry-academia alliances occur, such as the Innovation Network.


Q-06 What sort of performance has the Section for Intellectual Property exhibited in recent years?

In FY2005, the Section for Intellectual Property submitted 160 domestic patent applications, acquired 35 new patents, granted 41 new licenses, generated JPY80 million worth of licensing fees, helped form four start-up companies, and produced JPY1.1 billion worth of joint research funds from intellectual property.


Q-07 Does the Section for Intellectual Property provide intellectual property related services to those people who are not enrolled at Keio University?

No. As an organization that is funded by the University, the Section for Intellectual Property only provides services to those people enrolled at the University such as professors, researchers, undergraduates, and graduate students.


Q-08 Where is the Section for Intellectual Property located?

The Section for Intellectual Property is located on the second floor of the MTC Building near the Mita Campus. Discussions can also be made on the phone and via e-mail.
Address: MTC Building 2F, 13-18 Shiba 5-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014
Phone : +81-(0)3-5427-1678
Internal Extension: 22676
E-mail:

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