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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 “The Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust/JAPAN”

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Report on the “The Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust/JAPAN”

The Training Course on the Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust/Japan is held annually for information technology (IT) and computerization officials from the intellectual property offices of Asia-Pacific region countries. The objective of this course is to provide these officials with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of both the basic and more advanced necessities for promoting the use of IT based on Japan’s experiences in this field, thereby improving the officials’ practical expertise and skills.

This year's course was held from October 28 to November 8, 2013, and 15 IP officials responsible for IT affairs participated, one from each of the 15 countries of Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Tunisia.

The curriculum consisted of various lectures and practical programs, including exercises using computers, and visits to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and JPO-affiliated organizations engaged in patent information management to see the relevant systems in action.

During the first half of the course, in order to learn more about global computerization and automation trends, the trainees attended lectures by WIPO officials on WIPO’s IP systems (e.g. IPAS JAVA). Presentation and discussion sessions were also held in which trainees reported on the systems in their own countries. The second half of the course was focused on trends in Japan. The trainees attended lectures by JPO officials on the online filing systems in operation at the JPO. They also visited the IT-related offices within the JPO and the Patent Application Processing Center (PAPC).

A lecture

A lecture

Among all of the programs in which the trainees participated, they gave the highest ratings in terms of their degree of understanding to the visit to PAPC, the lecture entitled "Recent Developments on Regional and International Cooperation to Share IP Information to Enhance IPO Business Services," and the visit to the IT-related offices of the JPO. On the other hand, the most interesting programs for them were the lectures entitled "Overview of WIPO Scan System as a Tool for IP Document Digitization & Electronic Document Management Systems; Functionality, Selection Criteria, Integration with Other Systems" and "WIPO IPAS JAVA; Enhanced Features and Capabilities for IP Office Automation, including Processing of Madrid Trademark Notifications," the visit to the IT-related offices of the JPO, and the country report presentation and discussion sessions. The programs rated as most useful were the lectures entitled "WIPO IPAS JAVA; Enhanced Features and Capabilities for IP Office Automation, including Processing of Madrid Trademark Notifications," "Recent Developments on Regional and International Cooperation to Share IP Information to Enhance IPO Business Services," and "Provision of IP Information by JPO Industrial Property Digital Library (IPDL), Advanced Industrial Property Network (AIPN) and One Portal Dossier (OPD)."

Some trainees stated that the country report presentations and discussion sessions were significant for them, as they were able to share knowledge and experience and learn how other countries had overcome the challenges they faced.

At the evaluation meeting on the last day, some trainees commented that the training was directly connected to their work and that they would be able to use it as soon as they returned home, while others commented that they realized the importance of ensuring that accurate data was input into systems.

This year's trainees, hailing from various countries, actively exchanged information with one another. They also seem to have enjoyed Japanese culture by traveling to various places after the training or on holidays. We hope for their further success in the future.

A trainee from Brazil, giving a speech at the closing ceremony

A trainee from Brazil, giving a speech at the closing ceremony

 

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