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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Managing IP”

The JPO/IPR Training Course for IP Management was held over the two-week period from June 29 to July 10, 2015. This course was newly established last year, after having been separated from the JPO/IPR Training Course for IP Trainers. This year, several participants who are engaged in IP strategies, technology transfer, etc. in private companies were invited as trainees.

Subsequently, we received feedback from some trainees to the effect that they wanted to receive more lectures based on the perspective of industry. We guess that this request was made because the trainees exchanged views with one another and deepened their understanding of other positions in industry-academia-government collaboration, which seems to have provided a certain amount of synergy to all the trainees of this course.

As trainees of this course, in addition to the participants from private companies, we invited those engaged in the promotion of industry-academia-government collaboration and the management and use of intellectual property including technology transfer at universities and research institutions, and those who give guidance on industry-academia-government collaboration at intellectual property agencies and agencies in charge of intellectual property in each country. The course was attended by 29 persons from 15 countries: Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

After coming to Japan, the trainees first attended the Orientation, where they introduced themselves. After that, the training session began. We had asked the trainees about their grouping preferences before visiting Japan and, for the first-day Pre-training Report Presentations (Instructor: Sada), they conducted presentations and exchanges of opinions within each group. Therefore, in the limited time available for the Pre-training, the trainees were able to spend a certain amount of quality time together. In the remaining time, some Japanese patents were introduced, including a fish reef for oysters produced with low-tech technology, dozens of types of plant nutrients were displayed, and IP strategies for when fake products appear were explained. This explanation was very easy to understand as an introduction and was well received by the trainees.

Classroom lecture

Classroom lecture

On July 6, the trainees visited the University of Tokyo to see TODAI TLO (Technology Licensing Organization), Ltd. They received lectures from Mr. Kagami, Professor of the University of Tokyo, and Mr. Yamamoto, President and Representative Director of TODAI TLO. They learned about the start-up status of the university venture in Japan and incubation rooms within TODAI TLO and seemed to find the visit highly valuable.

Lecture at the meeting room in the University of Tokyo UCR (University Corporate Relations) Plaza

Lecture at the meeting room in the University of Tokyo UCR (University Corporate Relations) Plaza

In the lecture on July 8 (Instructor: Ishii), the trainees practiced the assessment of IP asset values using Excel in the PC room. In the lecture on July 9 (Instructor: Nozaki), the lecturers showed how to do prior-art searches in the PC room. The trainees who are involved in this work in their own countries showed particular interest in the assessment method of IP values using data and F-term and other classification systems.

Lecture in the PC room

Lecture in the PC room

On the last day, in the lecture in the morning (Instructor: Hatori), the trainees held discussions in groups. In the afternoon, the evaluation meeting of the training course was conducted. The evaluation of the course as a whole was high, and the trainees appreciated the opportunity to obtain a lot of knowledge that they could use after returning home.

After that, the Closing Ceremony was held. A certificate was handed to each trainee, and the trainee from India made a speech of gratitude.

Speech by the trainee from Thailand

Speech by the trainee from Thailand

For this course, we received feedback from some trainees saying that they wanted to receive more lectures based on the perspective of industry. In particular, for the afternoon lecture on Technology Licensing from University to Company on July 7 (Instructor: Okamoto), they asked us to provide case examples not only from the perspective of universities, but also from the perspective of industry. Moreover, some trainees asked us to add time for exercises to the lecture. The instructor said in the questionnaire that it would have been better if we could have allocated more time.

With regard to the lecture on Assessment of IP Asset Values on July 8 (Instructor: Ishii), this course was a half-day classroom lecture last year. But in response to requests from the trainees at that time, a half-day PC exercise using Excel was added this year. Several trainees (from universities and companies) placed very high value on this practice, and even wanted to extend it. However, some trainees from government agencies said that they did not need the practice very much. Therefore, it is difficult to further extend the time for practice within the curriculum of this course. In the meantime, some trainees requested us to establish a new course (from 1-2 weeks to up to one month) by adding more content to the Assessment of IP Asset Values and making it more practical.

Many of the trainees in this course were related to universities, and liked to talk and actively made remarks during the exercises and Q&A sessions. Moreover, the trainees actively exchanged opinions with each other. After the training, they went to nearby places together almost every day and deepened their friendships while enjoying Japanese culture. We hope that they will keep in contact with each other after returning to their countries.


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