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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Anti-Counterfeiting Measures for Practitioners”

The JPO/IPR Training "Anti-Counterfeit Goods Course for Practitioners" was held at APIC in Tokyo from January 14 to 22, 2016.

This course was attended by 12 participants from the eight countries listed below.

Participating countries: Chile, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

This course was introduced for the first time in this fiscal year, for customs officers engaged in the execution of intellectual property rights or in customs enforcement at national borders. The course was held for the purpose of helping participants learn, in detail, measures and current conditions related to strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights in Japan, and to enhance their abilities to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights in their own countries.

The curriculum consisted of, among other elements, an introduction to the intellectual property right systems in Japan, classes concerning anti-counterfeit goods measures at business enterprises, a presentation of country reports that was open to the general public, a roundtable meeting where the participants engaged in discussion with businesses concerning requirements in the control of infringing goods by customs authorities in cooperation with businesses as right-holders, and a tour visiting the Yokohama Customs Office and the Kawasaki Overseas Mail Sub-branch Customs Office.

The presentation of country reports provided a valuable opportunity for collecting the latest information concerning the control of infringing goods by customs authorities in the respective countries. Presentations by participants from different countries were followed by questions and answers. In addition to exchange of opinions among participants, company representatives in the general audience asked questions eagerly to the participants.

In the roundtable meeting, participants raised issues such as that when suspected infringing goods are to be suspended and a right-holder who has more than one agent is to be contacted, it is difficult to determine which agent should be contacted; and that in cases when the right-holder does not respond to the contact, the suspension of the suspected infringing goods is cancelled after a specified time period, and the goods must be handed over to the importer. In the meantime, the right-holders raised the issue that visiting a remote customs office for a very small number of infringing goods takes considerable time and trouble, and that therefore it is necessary to examine how to simplify the process.

Both the participants and the right holders actively stated their opinions, and an enthusiastic discussion was held concerning possible solutions to the issues. On the tour, the participants visited the Yokohama Customs Office in the morning, and the Kawasaki Overseas Mail Sub-branch Customs Office in the afternoon. It was impressive that, since time was limited during the tour, the participants found time to actively exchange opinions with the officers of the Yokohama Customs Office even during break time.

The participants are expected to play more active roles in future, by making use of the new knowledge and network connections that they acquired on this course.

Country report presentation

Country report presentation

Roundtable meeting concerning requirements and opportunities for the more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights

Roundtable meeting concerning requirements and opportunities
for the more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights

Tour to the Yokohama Customs Office and the Kawasaki Overseas Mail Sub-branch Customs Office

Tour to the Yokohama Customs Office and the Kawasaki Overseas Mail Sub-branch Customs Office

Completion ceremony

Completion ceremony

 

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