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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 OJT Course on the Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries 1”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR OJT Course on the Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries 1”

For one week, from February 3 to February 9, 2015, we held the 10th JPO/IPR OJT Course on Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries I.

The course was designed to deepen understanding of the Madrid Protocol system through lectures on the regulations, systems, and examination practices related to the Madrid Protocol, and on-the-job training (OJT). The course was also held to support accession to the Madrid Protocol by ASEAN members by 2015, a goal described in the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2011–2015. A total of eight people participated in the course, from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, including staff of intellectual property offices in ASEAN countries who are engaged in trademark-related work (trademark examiners).

In the training, all the trainees first listened to a lecture outlining the Madrid Protocol. Each trainee then presented a report on his/her respective country.

Country report presentation

Country report presentation

After that, the trainees were divided into two groups and received practical OJT with subjects such as “Duties of the Office of Origin under the Madrid Protocol” and “Duties of the Designated Office under the Madrid Protocol.” On the last day of the training, all the trainees conducted discussions on issues of international trademark registration from their perspectives as countries that are not members of the Madrid Protocol. We received feedback from the trainees saying that the OJT was particularly meaningful.

On-the-job training (1)

On-the-job training (1)

On-the-job training (2)

On-the-job training (2)

The trainees attended each lecture with keen interest and strived to acquire technical knowledge by asking many questions from the standpoint of trademark examiners and trademark registrars.

Trainees listening to a lecture

Trainees listening to a lecture

In the evaluation document submitted by the trainees, one person commented, “I heard the presentation of country reports and was able to learn about issues that individual countries face toward joining the Madrid Protocol and their approaches in dealing with them. I thought the training was very useful.” The trainees are expected to use the knowledge and experience that they acquired in this training to play a central role in their own countries’ efforts toward joining the Madrid Protocol.

 

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