What are intellectual property rights recognized by the Tech-based Startup Visa (D-8-4)?

Entrepreneur “U”


Entrepreneur “U” plans to establish a business with points earned

through intellectual property rights

in the “Points System for Tech-based Startup Visa (OASIS).”

What are the types of intellectual property rights recognized by

the Tech-based Startup visa and what is the difference between

holding and applying for intellectual property rights?

Not all intellectual property rights are recognized by

tech-based startup visa


Intellectual property rights are divided into two main categories:

industrial property and copyright.

These two areas are also divided into several sub-areas.

Among industrial property rights, only “patents, utility model,

and design rights,” which are directly associated with business,

are recognized.

Types of intellectual property rights

(Industrial property rights)


- Patent (Big Invention) : refers to designs for created products,

and original core technology

- Utility model (Improved Technology or Small Invention):

refers to the technical creation of configuration,

structure, and combination of item(s)

- Design: Design of objects 

Types of intellectual property rights



- Copyright: the right to the creation of literature, artistic works, etc.

- Neighboring right: the right granted to a person who

makes a contribution to the distribution of creative works

- Database right: the right to protect the rights of database creators

Minimum points required to obtain the tech-based startup visa


At least 80 points must be

earned out of a total of 448 points in the Overall Assistance for

Startup Immigration System (OASIS-1 to 9), and at least one

prerequisite item should be included in the 80 points.