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Home > International topics > Cooperation in Human Resource Development > Assistance to Developing Countries > JPO Cooperation in Human Resource Development > Training Programs(short) > Report on the “WIPO/JF Training Course on the Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration”

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Report on the “WIPO/JF Training Course on the Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration”

The WIPO/JF seminar (computerization course) is held each year in order to deepen understanding of the fundamental and specialized aspects of mechanization that are necessary to actually carry out mechanization, and to improve the specialized capabilities of persons in charge of computerization and mechanization in various APEC countries to enable them to carry out the actual operations required. The achievement of this understanding and capability is based on experience gained in Japan.

This year, the seminar was held during the two-week period from December 3-14 for staff of IP bureaus who are engaged in IT operations. There were 16 total participants representing 13 countries primarily in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam), as well as representatives from three organizations that participated in the seminar for the first time: the Eurasia Patent Office (EAPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).

This year's curriculum consisted mainly of classroom sessions, practice doing computer work, and inspection tours of Japan Patent Office (JPO) systems, and of its affiliated organizations that manage patent data.

During the first half of the seminar, WIPO instructors gave lectures and hands-on guided practice on IP systems of WIPO, including IPAS JAVA, in order to deepen understanding of worldwide trends pertaining to system mechanization, automation, etc. In addition, students gave reports on their own countries.

In the second half of the seminar, JPO instructors gave lectures on JPO's IP systems including Internet applications in order to deepen understanding of trends in Japan. In addition, participants went on inspection tours of JPO's IT-related departments, the Patent Application Processing Center (PAPC) and the Japan Patent Information Organization (JAPIO).

Many students indicated that the lectures which they understood the best were those relating to their visit to PAPC, the use of IT to expedite the provision of IP data, and their visit to JAPIO.

In addition, many students indicated that they found the most deeply interesting parts of the seminar to be the visit to JPO, information regarding Japan's paperless system, the inspection tour of the IT-related department of JPO, and the visit to JAPIO. Many also indicated that the most useful sessions were the country reports and subsequent discussions, lecture on electronic document management systems, tour of the JPO’s IT-related department, lecture on the use of IT to expedite the provision of IP data, and general comprehensive discussions.

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These results indicate that other Asian countries also face the problems of delays in carrying out examinations and management of paper documents due to a growing number of applications; and that participants in the training are eager to help solve those problems through the mechanization and automation of their countries' systems. It was also evident that there was high interest in seeing actual IT operations through visits to workplaces where this occurs (JPO, PAPC, and JAPIO). Through the country report presentations and subsequent discussions, differences in the state of IT among various countries could be understood, and the view was expressed that this would likely be of use in strengthening future exchanges of information and cooperative relationships relating to patent information searches.

All of the seminar students were extremely motivated and eager to learn. Students and teachers remained in classrooms after the end of the allotted class time for questions, and also exchanged views during break times.

In the evaluation session held on the last day of the seminar, the students commented that they gained much knowledge in the lectures that will be of direct and concrete help in their future work, and that after returning to their countries, this knowledge will be useful in improving their own countries' systems.

We have great hopes that these students' future activities will be very fruitful.

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