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

The JPO/IPR Training Course for IP Trainers was conducted from June 17 to July 1, 2015.

The training course was designed for individuals who are engaged in education as well as promotion and dissemination of the intellectual property (IP) rights systems at universities, research institutions and other organizations. The course aimed to enhance participants' knowledge required to promote and disseminate IP rights, and to deepen their understanding of how to disseminate IP. The course was also intended to enable participants to learn about the techniques for efficient and effective education and dissemination of IP, through presentations and opinion exchanges with other trainees regarding IP rights promotion activities.

The course was attended by 29 participants from Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

On the first day of training at the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC), participating trainees visited the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), and made a courtesy call to the Director of the International Cooperation Division.

Courtesy visit to the JPO

Courtesy visit to the JPO

The major feature of this course was that it comprised not only classroom lectures to impart useful knowledge to trainees, but also exercises focusing on hands-on learning and presentations of case studies, through which trainees could enjoy a mutual exchange of views.

As part of the exercise "Youth Oriented Creative Thinking,"trainees created works based on a given theme, using wire, paper, and other materials. This method is an educational technique for developing creativity and originality actually used in technical high schools in Japan. The course participants appeared to have been impressed by the fact that IP education in Japan utilizes such exercises to develop creativity and originality.

Youth Oriented Creative Thinking (Exercise)

Youth Oriented Creative Thinking (Exercise)

Following the "Case Study Presentations on IP Education by Course Participants," more questions than expected were submitted, which indicated the high level of interest of participating trainees. Although the scheduled closing time for the session had long passed, the trainees seemed satisfied to continue exchanging opinions with each other.

Case Study Presentations on IP Education by Course Participants

Case Study Presentations on IP Education by Course Participants

The course unit "Youth Intellectual Property Education (Case Studies)" combined a classroom lecture and an exercise, in an attempt to improve the level of understanding of the trainees. The trainees expressed their intention to implement IP education after returning their home countries, in the same manner that they had experienced in this course.

Youth Intellectual Property Education (Case Studies)

Youth Intellectual Property Education (Case Studies)

"Curriculum and Textbook Development" was the exercise that was the most characteristic in this training course. In this exercise, the trainees were divided into five groups, each of which worked to create an IP textbook for high school students. Even outside the exercise hours, trainees held enthusiastic discussions to improve the content of the textbook. They said that this exercise enabled them to master the skills to produce IP textbooks.

We requested that, after the trainees returned home, the textbooks created by them in this exercise be translated into the languages of their respective countries and that copies of the translated versions be sent to APIC. We are looking forward to receiving the translated textbooks.

Curriculum and Textbook Development (Exercise)

Curriculum and Textbook Development (Exercise)

Throughout this training course, the trainees listened attentively to the explanations given by lecturers, trying not to miss a single word. They also asked many questions regarding techniques for IP education and dissemination, from their standpoint as personnel engaged in IP education. The course proved to be a very lively event, with some trainees asking questions not only during the lecture sessions but also during break times.

The evaluation of the training course as a whole, including the trainees' own goal attainment level, was high, and many trainees said that they wanted to make effective use of the knowledge that they had gained through this course at their workplaces after returning home. Such positive statements showed that this training course was instrumental in promoting and disseminating IP education and systems in the respective countries.

We have high expectations for the future activities of the trainees.

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

 

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