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Report on the “Training Course on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust /JAPAN”

The WIPO/JF Training Course on Enforcement of Intellectual Property was held at APIC (Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center) in Tokyo from December 2 to 13, 2013.

Welcome greeting (by Kenichiro Natsume, Head of the WIPO Japan Office)

Welcome greeting (by Kenichiro Natsume, Head of the WIPO Japan Office)

The goals of this course were to deepen understanding of international frameworks for the protection of intellectual property (IP), measures to deal with infringement of IP rights, strategies formed by WIPO and Japan to combat infringement of IP rights, the ill effects of such infringement, etc., and to improve capability to enforce IP rights. There were 30 participants, from the national courts and IP offices of the following countries.

Participating countries: Algeria (1 person), Bhutan (1), Cambodia (2), China (3), Indonesia (6), Laos (1), Malaysia (1), Morocco (1), Myanmar (2), Pakistan (1), the Philippines (2), Thailand (3), Vietnam (6)

This year’s course compared and considered the enforcement procedures of various countries, with a view to further expanding the enforcement systems of these trainees’ countries. Furthermore, invitations were also sent to Africa for this year’s course for the first time, and a person from Algeria joined the participants from Asia.

One reason for the recent wide occurrence of counterfeited and pirated products (hereafter “infringing products”) in the international market is the boost to trade among countries given by the advances made in the means of transportation among countries. The poor quality of these infringing products harms both consumers and producers in many ways, such as threatening the health and safety of consumers and destroying trust in the companies that have the rights for the original legitimate products.

Further, much of the profit gained by these illegal means becomes capital for the operations of criminal organizations, so it is a pressing social issue to find ways to suppress the widespread sales of infringing products.

Such being the current worldwide situation, the trainees of this training course expressed the view that it is important that infringing products in one country not be dealt with as the problem of that country alone, but rather that these products be considered the common problem of all countries, who then work in close cooperation to solve this problem.

In response to this opinion of the trainees, country reports were presented to the class in which the current progress of attempts to suppress infringing products in various countries was summarized. This format increased the trainees’ learning efficiency, and was useful in disseminating information needed for the organizations of various countries to work together, and so received high evaluations from the trainees.

The classroom was a valuable place of communication, where the latest information on the enforcement organizations of various countries could be gained and the views of officials on the front lines of the struggle with this problem could be exchanged. The interest of all the trainees was therefore very high, and there were many questions addressed to the persons making presentations.

Country report presentation meeting

Country report presentation meeting

Also, the view was expressed that the thinking of consumers regarding infringing products needs to be dramatically changed in order for these products to be eliminated. The lecture that received the highest overall evaluation from the trainees was the “Training scenario: IP Awareness- Raising as a Non-Punitive Measure” which indicates that the trainees amply recognized the importance of the raising of consumer in the elimination of infringing products.

In addition to classroom sessions, there were visits to the Japan Patent Office on Dec. 2 and to Tokyo Customs on Dec. 4. The trainees showed deep interest in the operations they observed and the explanations they were given.

Visiting JPO Appeal Court Visiting Tokyo Customs

Visiting JPO Appeal Court                     Visiting Tokyo Customs 

Looking at the evaluations of this course, all trainees replied that the overall goals of the course were achieved, and it is expected that they will actively make use of what they learned and experienced here in their work in their native countries.

Further, this course was highly evaluated not only for the knowledge gained about enforcement procedures, but also for the ties of friendship that were made among the trainees. On the weekend, the trainees traveled around Tokyo together, where it appears they became more familiar with Japanese traditions and culture.

We would be very happy if the personal ties spanning across national borders that were created here help promote cooperation between nations in developing strategies to eliminate IP rights infringement.

We expect that these trainees will accomplish much in the future.

Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony

 

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