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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 OJT Course on Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries 2”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR OJT Course on Practices for Madrid Protocol Trademark Filings for ASEAN Countries 2”

The JPO/IPR Training "ASEAN Practical Course 2 on the Madrid Protocol" was held at APIC in Tokyo from February 18 to 25, 2016.
This course was attended by 10 participants from the six countries listed below.
Participating countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

This course was held for trademark examiners and other officers in the ASEAN region, for the purpose of helping participants deepen their understanding of the Madrid Protocol through classes and on-the-job training concerning regulations related to the Madrid Protocol, formality practice and examination practice, and to support the participation of ASEAN member states under the protocol.

The presentation of country reports provided a valuable opportunity for collecting the latest information concerning trademark systems in the respective countries. Participants from the contracting parties of the Madrid Protocol gave relatively longer presentations than their counterparts from non-contracting parties, thereby promoting information sharing with the latter. Presentations by participants from different countries were followed by questions and answers, where opinions were vigorously exchanged among participants.

The on-the-job training portion included an exercise where each participant practiced using their own PC, and an exercise concerning operations at JPO related to the government agencies of specified countries and those for registration, and was evaluated as useful by the participants.

The participants eagerly listened to explanations by the instructors without missing a word. They proactively tried to acquire more knowledge by asking practical questions from their perspective as trademark examiners and registration officers.

On the final day, a discussion was held by all participants from the respective views of the contracting parties and non-contracting parties of the Madrid Protocol, with a focus on issues related to the international registration of trademarks. To wrap up the course, the participants vigorously discussed the issues based on the new knowledge they had acquired through the training.

The participants highly evaluated the entire course, including the attainment of their respective goals. Many participants remarked that they would share and make use of the knowledge that they had acquired through this course with their colleagues in their home countries. These comments suggested that the course contributed to the future participation of more ASEAN countries in the Madrid Protocol, and their post-participation operations.

The participants are expected to play more active roles in future, by utilizing the new knowledge and network they acquired in this course.

Country report presentation

Country report presentation

On-the-job training

On-the-job training

Discussion

Discussion

Completion ceremony

Completion ceremony

 

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