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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademarks for Myanmar”

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademarks for Myanmar was held at the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) in Tokyo from August 24 to September 3, 2015.

This course was conducted in Myanmarese for nine staff members from Myanmar’s Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), who are involved in trademark-related operations.

Outline of the Course

During the “Overall Application Process” session, trainees were briefed on the flow of the trademark process from filing to registration. They also had an opportunity to observe actual operations at each division of the Trademark and Customer Relations Department of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), while listening to an explanation from JPO staff.

In the formality examination and opposition/substantive examination sessions related to the work flow of examiners in Myanmar, the trainees went to a convenience store, where they examined the trademarks and descriptions of actual products in order to understand the relationship between trademarks and purchasing decisions.

During the sessions titled “Trademark Information Search (Trademark Classification, Search Exercises: J-Platpat)” and “Outline of WIPO Global Brand Database & Trademark Information Search (Search Exercises)”, trainees first listened to an explanation from the lecturers—and then conducted hands-on search exercises using J-PlatPat and the WIPO Global Brand Database. Participants gave many positive comments regarding this experience, such as “I was able to perform various searches. I want to do searches back in my country.”

The trainees also visited the Kao Corporation to learn about intellectual property management in companies. They were impressed that Kao manages not only trademarks for their products, but also the company trademark.

In the two-day session “Trademark Examination Practices (Exercises, Case Studies),” the trainees learned about trademark examination standards in Japan, and conducted case studies. They reported satisfaction at being able to ask many questions, which were answered informatively by the lecturers.

Trainees were given an outline of the process of trademark examination during the “On-the-Job Training for Trademark Examinations” session, at which time they participated in practical exercises on trademark examination in a meeting room at the JPO. Conducting searches via computer, they exchanged opinions with examiners at the JPO about their search results. After the session, the trainees expressed their desire for further study in this regard.

During the “Overall Discussion” held on the last day, the trainees reflected on what they had learned through this training, and clarified some points with the lecturer. They also conducted case studies involving similarities and dissimilarities of trademarks.

The trainees have returned home with a determination to apply the knowledge acquired through the course to their country’s trademark system and conduct trademark examination, as well as to increase the number of trademark experts in Myanmar by communicating the acquired knowledge to their colleagues.

Trademark information searches using J-PlatPat

Trademark information searches using J-PlatPat

Trademark information searches using the WIPO Global Brand Database (Search Exercises)

Trademark information searches using the WIPO Global Brand Database (Search Exercises)

OJT on trademark examination in a meeting room at the JPO

OJT on trademark examination in a meeting room at the JPO

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

 

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