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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course for IP Trainers”

The JPO/IPR Training course for IP Trainers was held for two weeks from June 23 to July 4 to give the participants a deepened understanding of necessary knowledge and methodology to expand use of and to enlighten the public on intellectual property rights in an effective and efficient manner through an exchange of views on expanded use of intellectual property rights.

The IP Trainers Course, which until last fiscal year was intended both for IP educators and university-owned IP managers, has as of the current fiscal year been divided into two courses: a Training Course for IP Trainers; and a Training Course for IP Managers. Therefore, this year’s Training Course for IP Trainers was intended only for IP educators at universities, research institutions, and business enterprises in countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. A total of 26 trainees participated in this year’s program from 11 countries, including Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam

Touring around JPO

Touring around JPO

The trainees attended with enthusiasm the lectures mainly focused on a brief overview of the laws on Intellectual Property Rights and IP education in Japan, actively asking questions of the lecturers. They seemed to quickly come to feel comfortable with one another, enjoying lively conversations even in off-curriculum hours.

On June 25, an exercise was carried out under the direction of Mr. Uchida, a lecturer at Tokai University. In the exercise, the trainees faced the task of building the tallest possible paper tower by dividing into groups, and became quite excited about completing the task while learning practically how they could coach young people.

Group Work

Group Work

On June 26, the trainees went on a study tour of Tokyo Metropolitan Chihaya High School, which has the Chihaya Business Project scheme in place as extra-curricular activities, with IP education forming a part of such activities. During their visit, the trainees were interviewed by students at the high school about Japanese animated TV programs in their respective countries. They also observed classroom instruction on IP by Mr. Oyadomari, a teacher at the high school, following such activities with great interest. -After the class was over, they discussed with the teacher the high school's educational curriculum and colleges or job opportunities that graduates of the high school had gone on to or found, followed by a Q&A session.

Visiting Chihaya High School

Visiting Chihaya High School

In addition to the wrap-up discussion session which took place on the final day of the program, a session was included on the previous day to discuss teaching materials and instructional methods for use in IP education, which made two days available for group presentation and discussions, just as in the previous year. A lot of comments were provided by the trainees, generating a very lively discussion. In the evaluation meeting on the final day of the program, a lot of feedback was received from the trainees, including specific requests for more exercises on IP education and for visits to universities and business enterprises.

The trainees seemed to have deepened exchange in a significant way during the two-week program duration, as shown by the fact that they went on excursions to various places in Japan in the company of their fellow participants in off-curriculum hours and on the weekend, even though their visit was in the middle of the rainy season. We look forward to seeing them acting on what they learned and expanding their communication networks.

Group photo after the closing ceremony

Group photo after the closing ceremony

 

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