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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 Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for ASEAN Countries”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for ASEAN Countries”

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for ASEAN Countries was held at the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) in Tokyo from September 7 to 18, 2015. A total of 22 intellectual property right officers from nine ASEAN member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) who are involved in patent examination operations participated in the course as trainees.

To effectively enhance the trainees' professional capabilities for conducting patent examinations, the course was conducted for two weeks, as it was last year. The course programs included country report presentations (open to the public); case studies on examination practices about the novelty, inventive step, and amendments of inventions; and on-the-job training (OJT) by Japan Patent Office (JPO) examiners.

Country report presentations provided a valuable opportunity for trainees to acquire the latest information on the intellectual property system of each country. In the question and answer session following the country presentations, there was an active exchange of opinions between and among the trainees, as well as questions from public participants to the trainees, and from the trainees to public participants (companies).

The OJT program was favorably received by trainees because it had been designed to accommodate as many of the trainees' requests as possible through querying them in advance regarding the content they expected, and by conducting each session in almost a one-on-one style of training. There were many trainees who requested more hours of OJT.

As preparation for group discussions were scheduled on the last day, trainees were organized into groups in advance. They were asked to select a subject of patent examination, discuss its novelty and inventive step, and prepare a report for presentation by the group. The trainees were extremely earnest in preparing the group report, and were keen to discuss it in the training room after lectures every day. On the group discussion day, they actively exchanged opinions and ideas based on the knowledge and experience they had gained during the training course.

Trainees are expected to play a leading role in their own countries in the future, capitalizing on the acquired knowledge and international network of contacts they developed during the training course.

Country report presentations

Country report presentations

Patent information search exercises using J-PlatPat/AIPN

Patent information search exercises using J-PlatPat/AIPN

Group discussions

Group discussions


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