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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 Industrial Property Office Management under the Japan Funds-in-Trust”

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Report on the “(WIPO) Training Course on the Industrial Property Office Management under the Japan Funds-in-Trust”

The WIPO Japan Fund Training "Administration" Course was held at APIC in Tokyo from Tuesday, February 16 to Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

This course was aimed at enhancing the specialized administrative abilities of IP officers, and was attended by 25 participants from the 18 countries listed below.

Participating countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam

The duration of the course was two weeks. In the first week, the participants attended classes given by instructors from JPO, under "Theme 1. IP Management Required at IP Offices". The participants took a tour that included the Appeal Court, the Patent Examination Office and the Interactive Examination Office in the JPO buildings, and were also interviewed by a TV reporter.

Among other classes, one concerning "Initiatives at JPO for Promoting Public Awareness of IP" was highly evaluated. The class seemed to contribute to the participants' understanding of diverse activities by JPO for promoting public awareness at different levels (e.g. SMEs, students and teachers at schools) and how the recognition of IP should be improved. A class that focused on "Preferable Human Resource Development for Patent Examiners" was also highly evaluated. The participants had a vigorous exchange of opinions concerning common problems in each country including the dissemination of IP awareness among the public and securing human resources.

JPO Tour(TV Interview)

JPO Tour(TV Interview)

On Thursday, February 18, a presentation of country reports was held, where participants from each country reported the present status of human resource development in their countries, and discussed this topic with each other. The session ran out of time, because reports were presented from 18 countries. Some participants commented that they wanted a little longer time for opinion exchange, or that they wanted to know the expected effect of training and how to develop materials to be used in training.

Country report presentation

Country report presentation

In the second week, under "Theme 2. Achievement-Focused Planning, Monitoring and International Evaluation," two instructors invited from WIPO gave classes in an interactive style, changing the layout of the desks. Some participants remarked "Before I attended these classes, I often failed to achieve the plans that I formulated, which made me lose confidence. In these classes, I think I have learned necessary skills from the instructors." The lectures included methods for formulating, monitoring, evaluating and troubleshooting plans. Through case studies, the participants recognized that perceptions of the same thing could vary among persons from different backgrounds and environments. It seems that they had a good experience exchanging opinions and sharing inputs with each other. The instructors tackled the classes with great enthusiasm, discussing and adjusting the following day's lecture contents after returning from the classroom.

Classes by instructors from WIPO

Classes by instructors from WIPO

In many cases, administrators engaged in IP rights fail to achieve plans that they formulate. Most participants wanted to know how their counterparts were doing in other countries. In the evaluation meeting of the course, some participants commented that they had lost confidence in themselves, but now they wanted to tackle their work with confidence, because they felt that the course had helped them to develop necessary skills. On the weekend, heavy rain fell on Saturday, but the sky was clear on Sunday, enabling the participants to enjoy their stay in Japan. The participants are expected to play active roles after returning home.

Completion ceremony group photo

Completion ceremony group photo

 

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