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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course for Patent Experts”

The JPO/IPR Training Course for Patent Experts was conducted from September 16 to October 3, 2014. The course was designed to deepen knowledge about intellectual property as a whole—particularly to enhance understanding of patents, and improve professional expertise through lectures and discussions on the following: an outline of the patent system; preparation of patent specifications and drawings; responding to Office Actions; amendments; assessments of patentability; advanced technologies and patents; the use of patent information, etc.

The course was attended by 27 people from Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The 27 trainees first attended lectures for two days at the Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA). Then, on the first day of the training course, they visited the Japan Patent Office (JPO) together with the six trainees of the Patent Practical and Tailored Training Program that had begun on the same day, and also made a courtesy call on the Deputy Commissioner of the JPO.

Trainees making a courtesy call on the Deputy Commissioner of the JPO

Trainees making a courtesy call on the Deputy Commissioner of the JPO

Beginning on the following day, the trainees began attending lectures at the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC). Most of the participants were patent attorneys at patent & law firms and other companies, as well as IP consultants. Since they had all previously engaged in patent practice for more than three years, including the preparation of patent specifications, everyone understood each lecture very well from the first day, and actively asked questions. Through this experience, participants were able to compare patent work in Japan together with that in their home countries—thereby further deepening their understanding of patent practice.

On September 26, the trainees went to Terumo Corporation’s R&D Center in Kanagawa Prefecture with the trainees of the Patent Practical and Tailored Training Program. They took a tour of the facilities and exhibition room of the center, and showed interest in various patent technologies and products, as well as in the practical training conducted by medical professionals. This was subsequently followed by a lecture on how intellectual property rights are managed at Terumo. The trainees took a strong interest in the company’s advanced medical-related technologies and intellectual property rights management, and asked many questions.

Study tour of Terumo Corporation

Study tour of Terumo Corporation

Most of the trainees actively asked questions and participated in discussions during the lectures. They showed a keen interest in the lectures on drawing specifications, patent infringement suits, etc.—particularly those on examination standards. They also showed a strong interest in the lectures on practical exercises and case studies, for which there was a request to increase the amount of time allotted.

In the Overall Discussion, individual groups made presentations based on themes that were allocated to them in advance: industrial property rights system, application practice, and examination standards. We received feedback from the trainees saying that the presentations allowed them to make a comparison of individual countries’ patent systems.

We received positive feedback from the instructors who praised the fact that the trainees had patent expertise, asked many questions, and showed enthusiasm for the lectures.

Lectures at the Training Course

Lectures at the Training Course

The evaluation of the training course as a whole, including the trainees’ own goal attainment level, was high, and participants seemed to improve their individual skills. Some of them said that they wanted to spread the knowledge that they had learned to many people, including their colleagues, after returning home. Such positive statements showed that this training course was very fruitful.

We have high expectations that the trainees will play an important and active role in the future.

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

 

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