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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for ASEAN”

The JPO-IPR ASEAN Patent Examiner Training Program was held at APIC in Tokyo from July 23 to August 3, 2012. Nineteen intellectual property officials engaged in patent examination work from ten ASEAN member countries participated in the program.

Participating countries were as follows: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (It was the first time that representatives from Brunei and Singapore participated in the JPO-IPR training program).

In previous years, the program lasted for one week. In response to requests by many participants seeking to boost their examination skills, however, the program was extended this year to two weeks.

The curriculum of the program was also enhanced to include a country report presentation session, as well as reinforced case studies of practical business affairs involved in the examination of description requirements and amendments. This provided a valuable opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on the intellectual property system and intellectual property offices of other member countries, and also promoted a lively exchange of views. This was one of the most well-received sessions in terms of the depth of understanding gained by the participants and their level of interest, which implies that the participants have a keen interest in gathering further information regarding intellectual property.

The Patent Information Retrieval Exercise was also highly valued by the participants in terms of usefulness, which suggests that participants were able to upgrade their skills in patent information retrieval through lectures on FI and F Term and the IPDL exercise. Some students who used IPDL for the first time during this program looked as if they had already gained a general understanding of its operation.

A study tour of the Toshiba Science Museum as a part of the company visit program provided an opportunity to be exposed to the intellectual property strategy of a world-class company. The tour attracted a great deal of attention from participants, which was clearly demonstrated by the multitude of questions asked during the Q&A session, which looked into the depths of Toshiba Corporation's intellectual property strategy. From the home electric appliances exhibited, the participants were able to gain a good understanding of the background of Japan's rapid progress as a scientific and technological powerhouse through the period of its high economic growth. In parallel, 3D mechanisms were put on display—prompting great excitement among many of the participants.

About half of the sessions during this year's curriculum were case studies focusing on highly specialized examination work. According to feedback received from instructors, although some trainees might find it difficult to understand the entirety of the sessions' content due partly to a lack of experience in actual examination work, as well as differences in the areas of specialization, all trainees were greatly enthusiastic.

During the evaluation session on the last day of the program, some trainees stated that they found the case study sessions to be difficult to understand. An overview of the participants' evaluation of the entire program reveals a high average score in terms of usefulness, implying the willingness of many of the participants to make positive use of the knowledge offered within the program after returning home in spite of some of the material's difficulty. We look forward to seeing all of the participants in action.

Country Report Presentation Session

Country Report Presentation Session

Patent Information Retrieval Exercise

Patent Information Retrieval Exercise

Visit to Toshiba Science Museum

Visit to Toshiba Science Museum

Case Study session on novelty and inventive step

Case Study session on novelty and inventive step

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

 

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