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

The JPO/IPR Training "Indonesia Trademark Course" was held at APIC in Tokyo from January 27 to February 2, 2016. The course was held for the purpose of helping examiners in developing countries enhance their specialized skills for rapid and accurate examination, by acquiring specialized knowledge in trademark-related laws and examination standards and practices, and deepening their understanding through discussions and classes based on case studies, etc., and on-the-job training.

This course was for trademark examiners as well as other officials at the Indonesian IP office. The classes were held in Indonesian language for the five participants.

On the morning of the first day, participants took a tour around JPO. After paying a courtesy visit to the Director-General of JPO's Trademark, Design and Administrative Affairs Department, participants visited the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training and observed the Enlarged Board of Appeal. Participants seemed to be strongly interested in the course, partly due to it being taught in their native language.

In the afternoon, classes started at APIC. The classes focused on an overview of trademark systems in Japan and Indonesia, trademark examination standards, and trademark examination practices (e.g. making searches, determining similarity, drafting). Participants eagerly listened to the instructors and asked many questions.

Presentation by a participant

Presentation by a participant

Class on searching for trademark information

Class on searching for trademark information

At the evaluation meeting held on the final day, the participants provided various inputs and suggestions. The requests included those for an extended course period, and for a class on the Madrid Protocol.

Although the course period was rather short at one week, the participants seemed to have had a fulfilling time, owing to the use of the Indonesian language and the vigorous questions and answers. Some participants wanted to attend again if a similar course would be held in the future. They also seemed to have enjoyed various spots around Japan at the weekend. The participants are expected to play active roles in the future.

Completion ceremony group photo

Completion ceremony group photo


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