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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 “JPO/IPR OJT Course on the Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR OJT Course on the Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries”

The fifth JPO/IPR OJT Course on Madrid Protocol Trademark Filing Practices for ASEAN Countries was held from September 2 to 6, 2013.

The objective of this training course was to provide trainees from ASEAN Countries with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Madrid System through lectures and On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs focused on Madrid Protocol-related rules and regulations, formality practices and examination procedures, and thereby to assist these countries in acceding to the Madrid Protocol by 2015, as targeted by the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Action Plan 2011-2015. Officials from 10 different ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) who are responsible for trademark affairs (e.g. trademark examiners) at their respective intellectual property offices attended the training course.

The training schedule started with a lecture attended by all trainees outlining the Madrid Protocol. Each trainee then gave a report on his/her respective country, and the trainees were then divided into two groups to participate in OJT programs at the Examination Division of the JPO. They learned about practices related to the duties of the Office of Origin and the Designated Office under the Madrid Protocol, among others. On the last day, all of the trainees assembled to discuss issues related to international trademark registration from the viewpoints of member and non-member countries of the Madrid Protocol. The trainees stated that the OJT programs were among the most useful of all of the programs.

The trainees enthusiastically participated in all of the programs and sought to learn by actively asking questions on practical matters from the perspectives of trademark examiners or trademark registrars.

At the training review meeting, some trainees remarked that they were able to obtain a great deal of information on trademark systems and application and registration procedures in other countries via the country reports. At the time of the training, only the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were members of the Madrid Protocol. It is hoped that the trainees will make the most of what they have learned and experienced in Japan and play an active role in leading their countries to join the Madrid Protocol.

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