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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course for Intellectual Property Management”

The first JPO/IPR Training Course on Intellectual Property Management was held for two weeks from July 7 to 18, 2014. This new course, which was launched this year, stemmed from the "university management group" program in last year's JPO/IPR Training Course on Intellectual Properties. As a result of the establishment of this new course, this year’s training program was divided into two courses: the Intellectual Property Training Course for educators and the Intellectual Property (IP) Management Course for IP administrators.

For this new course, the organizer invited members of universities and research institutes who are engaged in activities related to IP management and utilization (promotion of industry-government-academia collaboration, technological transfer programs, etc.), along with leaders of industry-government-academia collaboration programs in the ministries/agencies governing intellectual property issues in various countries. A total of 25 trainees participated in the course from the following 11 countries: Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

On the first day of the training course, an orientation and trainee self-introduction session was held in the morning, with a lecture presented in the afternoon at the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA). On the next day, the trainees moved to the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) and visited the Japan Patent Office (JPO), where a welcome address was delivered by Mr. Ito, the Director of the International Cooperation Division.

Group photo of trainees on a courtesy visit to JPO

Group photo of trainees on a courtesy visit to JPO

On July 9, prior to a lecture by Professor Sada, trainees were divided into five groups in accordance with the industries they were involved in. Each group reported the problems of their respective industries and raised a number of questions. In the subsequent lecture, Professor Sada explained his views on the trainees’ questions. The trainees evaluated this program highly, since they were able to learn the views of other industries.

On July 10, during a class led by Professor Kato, the trainees practiced prior-art searches in the PC room. The trainees who were expected to engage in prior-art searches in their respective countries showed particularly keen interest in JPO’s classification methods, such as the F-Term Code.

On July 11, Professor Izumi delivered a lecture in the morning. In the afternoon, the trainees were randomly divided into several groups to practice assessment techniques on the value of inventions. During these three days, trainees were given sufficient time for practical training, which they evaluated highly.

On the final day, Professor Sada held his second and final class. He divided the trainees into several groups, and group discussions were held in the morning. In the afternoon, an evaluation meeting was held, where the trainees evaluated the training programs of the course. Many trainees said that the programs were useful and would be helpful for carrying out their tasks in their respective countries, and that they were happy to have participated in the course. Some requested that in addition to the classes in the present curriculum, they wanted lectures about trademarks and designs, and tours to Japanese companies. Some also mentioned that after returning home they would like to keep in contact with the other trainees.

Following the evaluation meeting, the closing ceremony was held. Course completion certificates were awarded to the trainees, and a participant from India gave a speech on behalf of all trainees to express their gratitude to the organizer.

Address by an Indian trainee

Address by an Indian trainee

The curriculum of this first Intellectual Property Management Course included many half-day lectures, particularly during the latter half of the course. Because of the limited time, it was difficult to allocate sufficient time to practical training. However, many trainees said that they wanted to have more practical training classes. Since lectures were provided in the morning and afternoon of July 15 concerning the licensing and assessment of IP value, most trainees said that they also wanted to have practical training in the same subjects. The lecturers of the subjects also recognized their desire to have practical training. At the program’s evaluation meeting, many trainees suggested that additional lectures be given on various other topics. However, few indicated that lectures could be cut or their time shortened. So, if the same course is to be held in 2015, the organizer should prepare the curriculum with meticulous care.

Many trainees participating in the course were from universities, and they were eager to speak out. They actively participated in the practical training classes and question & answer sessions. The trainees were also eager to foster friendships with each other; after class, they visited various places in the suburbs of Tokyo almost daily. While learning about Japanese culture, they also developed close relationships among themselves. The organizer hopes that they will maintain the friendships they have fostered even after they return to their respective countries.


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