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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 Examination - Intermediate/ Advanced Program (Patent II) under the Japan Funds-in-Trust”

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Report on the “(WIPO) Training Course on the Industrial Property Examination - Intermediate/ Advanced Program (Patent II) under the Japan Funds-in-Trust”

The WIPO/JF Training "Advanced Examiner Course 2" was held at APIC in Tokyo from February 24 to March 1, 2016. The course was held for the purpose of helping examiners from developing countries gain deeper specialized knowledge regarding patent-related laws and examination standards and practice through case studies and on-the-job training, and to upgrade their specialized skills for rapid and accurate examination.

This course was for patent examiners at IP offices with at least three years' experience in substantive examination, and was based on case studies. The participants who were in the Patent Group in the preceding WIPO/JF Training "Advanced Examiner Course 1" held last November visited Japan again to attend this course.

Case study materials were sent to the participants in advance, to be reviewed before attending the classes. The case study classes were held in two groups, Chemistry and Electricity, where the participants discussed novelty, inventive step and other elements for various cases.

Case study(Chemistry Group)

Case study(Chemistry Group)

Case study(Electricity Group)

Case study(Electricity Group)

At the evaluation meeting on the final day of the course, many inputs and suggestions were received from the participants. Some participants remarked that focused learning was possible during the classes, because the materials had been sent to them in advance. Others requested an extended course period.

Although the course period was short at one week, it seems that the participants had a fulfilling time taking classes on various cases every day. Because the participants had attended the preceding course last fall, they got along well with each other and it seems that they visited spots around Japan together on the weekend. The participants are expected to play more active roles in coming years.

Completion ceremony group photo

Completion ceremony group photo

 

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