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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 “(WIPO) Training Course on the Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration under the Japan Funds-in-Trus”

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Report on the “(WIPO) Training Course on the Use of Information Technology in Industrial Property Administration under the Japan Funds-in-Trus”

The WIPO/JF Training Course on Computerization was held at the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC) in Tokyo for two weeks from October 26 to November 6, 2015.

This training course was intended for persons responsible for computerization and mechanization from developing countries. Its purpose was to deepen the trainees' understanding of the ideas and concepts necessary for the promotion of computerization, ranging from fundamental to professional matters, as well as to enhance their professional capabilities in their daily work by introducing Japan's experience of computerization.

A total of 18 trainees from 17 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) participated in the training.

During the first week of the training course, two representatives from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delivered lectures on the latest IT system used at WIPO. In the second week, a lecturer from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) introduced its latest IT system to the trainees.

Country report presentations provided a valuable opportunity for the training course participants to acquire the latest information on the IT system used in individual countries' intellectual property rights offices. The trainees actively exchanged opinions during the question and answer session after the country presentations, focusing on comparisons of their respective countries' IT systems with those of other countries.

A demonstration of electronic patent filing procedures was additionally given during the lectures, which seemed to be materially helpful for trainees in order to understand the details of the system.

The training course participants also visited the patent information fair held at the Science Museum in Tokyo's Kitanomaru Park to study patent-related information such as the latest technologies and the WIPO database. Trainees also attentively listened to the explanation by an official from the European Patent Office (EPO), due to a particularly keen interest in the EPO database.

During the overall discussions conducted in the morning of the last day of the training course, the JPO lecturer answered participants’ questions to help clarify some points that they had not understood during the lectures.

An evaluation meeting was held on the afternoon of the last day, with several trainees commenting that they were able to achieve almost all of their goals set in advance—thereby revealing that the course proved to be beneficial for trainees to improve their skills and capabilities.

After the closing ceremony, all trainees lingered in the training room to continue interacting with each other.

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

During the country report presentations

During the country report presentations

During a lecture

During a lecture

Explanation by a JPO officer

Explanation by a JPO officer

Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony


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