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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 “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practice for ASEAN Countries”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practice for ASEAN Countries”

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for ASEAN Countries was conducted at the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) in Tokyo from August 19 to September 2, 2014.
From the following ten countries in the ASEAN region, 19 staff members of intellectual property offices who are engaged in patent examination and related tasks participated in the course.
Participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

For the second year running the course was conducted for two weeks in order to enhance trainees' examination ability. The curriculum included Country Report Presentations, which were opened to the public, Case Studies on Patent Examination Practices including Novelty, Inventive Step, and Amendment, and On-the-Job Training by the Japan Patent Office Examiners, which was newly added this year.

Because the Country Report Presentations are a precious opportunity to learn the latest information on individual countries’ intellectual patent systems, general participants and trainees shared a lively exchange of views with each other after the trainees' presentations. Since trainees came to Japan from all ten ASEAN countries this year, and the establishment of an intellectual property system is contained in the Action Plan to be completed by 2015 as part of the ASEAN Economic Community concept, it seemed that trainees had a strong interest in other countries’ situations.

Parent Information Search Practices, which was a half-day program last year, was extended to all day this year because we received many requests for a longer period. Since some trainees had not experienced real patent examination, the lecture also contained basic points. However, even for trainees who had already experienced patent examination, it seemed to be a good opportunity to reconsider the purpose of patent information search and patent examination. Through the Practice FI using IPDL/AIPN and the lecture on F-term, trainees were able to enhance their patent information search skills. With regard to this lecture, which used a freely accessible database, many trainees commented that it would be helpful to their daily work after they returned to their countries.

In the company visit, trainees visited Fujitsu Limited. They were first escorted to an exhibition room of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., an affiliate of Fujitsu. This exhibition room provides a space for visitors to actually see and experience some of the latest products in various R&D fields, and the trainees had hands-on experiences and listened to explanations with great interest. At the lecture on intellectual property management, trainees asked many questions about how Fujitsu, which has expanded its businesses to many countries in the world, cooperates with intellectual property divisions in those countries, how the company utilizes a variety of developed technologies including licenses, and so on.

OJT by the Japan Patent Office Examiners was newly established in the course this year. Prior to the training we had asked individual trainees about their desired OJT content, so the lectures were prepared to satisfy their requests as much as possible, and were conducted almost on a one-to-one basis. Therefore, the program received a very high evaluation from trainees, and many of them wanted to spend more time learning.

For the last day's wrap-up discussion, trainees were grouped in advance and each group selected an issue to examine and then presented day-by-day results of their group’s discussions. In each group, trainees who had experienced patent examination provided an explanation to those who had not experienced a real examination, and they exchanged opinions. Through these processes, trainees seemed to deepen their understanding of key points for judging similarity, and so on.

We hope that the trainees will use the knowledge and networks that they cultivated through this training and play active roles in the future.

Country report presentations

Country report presentations

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Lecture on "Patent Information Search Practices (IPDL/AIPN)"

Group photo taken in front of Fujitsu Limited

Group photo taken in front of Fujitsu Limited


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