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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 IP Management and the Formulation and Implementation of Results-Based IP Office Plans Under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust / JAPAN”

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Report on the “The IP Management and the Formulation and Implementation of Results-Based IP Office Plans Under the WIPO Funds-in-Trust / JAPAN”

The WIPO/JF Training "IP Administration Course" was offered at the APIC office in Tokyo from January 29 to February 5, 2014.

This course was prepared primarily for government officials from Asian countries for the purpose of deepening their understanding of such matters as the importance of IP protection, improvement of the IP system and the operation thereof, and activities to promote public use and awareness of the IP system as well as developing their expertise in IP administration. A total of 21 people from 12 countries participated in this training course.

Participating Countries (Number of trainees): Bangladesh (2), Egypt (1), India (2), Indonesia (2), Kenya (1), Malaysia (2), Myanmar (1), Pakistan (2), the Philippines (2), Sri Lanka (2), Thailand (2), and Vietnam (2)

During the first half of the course, the trainees were given lectures concerning IP action plans and personnel and financial management. Japanese lecturers presented example cases in Japan, while WIPO lecturers provided an explanation from an international perspective.

The trainees were also given a description of the JPO's IP administration services. Each lecture provided the trainees with information useful for improving their IP management skills.

During the latter half of the course, the trainees were given lectures concerning Results-Based Management (RBM) based on the WIPO curriculum because each country is recommended to use RBM to measure and monitor the effect of their policies (the level of achievement relative to the initially set targets), to evaluate and analyze the obtained information, and to use their findings in order to improve their policies. In this training course, through lectures and practical training, the trainees learned about the guidelines necessary for these activities and the methods for setting targets, etc., managing risks, and monitoring and evaluating the results.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

The trainees were extremely enthusiastic about this training course. Many trainees asked questions without hesitation and made every effort to make the most of this educational opportunity. First, the trainees acquired knowledge from lectures and then exchanged opinions with the lecturers and other trainees. Many trainees found the opinion-exchange sessions very useful for organizing their knowledge because they were able to resolve confusion that they had been unable to clear up alone. Group discussions often continued until long past the scheduled ending time because heated discussions went on and on without intermission, indicating the trainees' enthusiasm.

Also, the trainees were divided into groups and gave presentations. Some trainees mentioned that it was very beneficial to experience the process of deepening discussions as a group in order to prepare presentation materials, presenting their opinions and getting reactions from others, and refining their ideas based on the opinions of others.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

An evaluation meeting and a closing ceremony were held in the afternoon of the final day of the course. Mr. Kunihisa Ito, Director, International Cooperation Division of the JPO, handed a certificate to each trainee.

Group photo

Group photo

The trainees have become relaxed with each other and visited various places in Japan after the lectures and on weekends. The trainees seem to have greatly benefited from this training course. We hope that they find their experiences in Japan useful for their future career.

 

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