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Report on the “After FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course for IP Trainers June 15 - 29, 2016”

The JPO/IPR training course for IP trainers was held in Tokyo from June 15 -29, 2016.

The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge required for promoting public awareness of intellectual property, and to gain a deeper understanding of how to promote public awareness. Further, the purpose is to learn efficient, effective methods for promoting public awareness by presenting cases of intellectual property education, as well as the exchange of opinions and exercises, etc., among participants.

This course is for persons who engage in promoting public awareness of the intellectual property system in universities or research institutions, or promoting public awareness of intellectual property rights in offices dealing with intellectual property. A total of 26 participants participated in the course, from the 11 countries of Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The participants made a courtesy call to Mr. Takahashi, director of Policy Planning and Coordination Department at the Japan Patent Office. Then, they had a tour to the Patent Examination Office and the Public Gazettes Reading Room of INPIT.

Courtesy call to the JPO

Courtesy call to the JPO

The curriculum for this course includes not only classroom lectures, but also exercises relating to experience learning, creating intellectual property educational materials, etc.

In the "Youth intellectual property education" session, cases were introduced featuring stepwise intellectual property education from kindergarten to universities that are conducted in Tokai University. Exercises relating to methods for cultivating creativity were also carried out.

The participants were able to gain a deeper understanding of intellectual property education through the experience of the exercises used in actual schools.

Participants said that they want to try the intellectual property education using the same educational method in their own countries after returning home.

Youth intellectual property education

Youth intellectual property education

In the "Case study presentations by course participants" session, cases of promoting public awareness regarding intellectual property education and intellectual property rights and situations of intellectual property in the participants’ 11 countries were also presented. After the presentations, participants more questions to the lecturers than expected, while also showing enthusiasm for the course.

Case study presentations by course participants Case study presentations by course participants

Case study presentations by course participants

The exercise relating to "Curriculum and textbook development", which was the culmination of this course, was held in order to increase intellectual property educational material creation abilities required for intellectual property education. Specifically speaking, participants were asked to remake an intellectual property rights textbook created in the past year in order to make it more practical.

For this exercise, participants were divided into five groups. Each group selected a textbook and worked on creating original, well-thought out textbooks relating to the system of intellectual property rights and intellectual property educational methods.

While preparing their textbooks, the members of the groups got together and impressively held eager discussions over the course of several consecutive days following the lectures.

Exercise of curriculum and textbook development Exercise of curriculum and textbook development

Exercise of curriculum and textbook development

Throughout the course, the participants enthusiastically listened to every word the teacher said. They also asked numerous questions about the education methods and promotion of public awareness from the perspective of intellectual property educators. Even during recess after the lecture, some participants asked questions—making this a truly vibrant course.

The participants highly evaluated the entire training course, including goal attainment levels. Many participants gave feedback to us saying that they want to use the knowledge gained in the training for their work in their countries after returning home. The training course seems to be helpful for promoting public awareness of the intellectual property education and intellectual property system in their countries.

Participants also eagerly participated in activities related to Japanese culture and customs on Saturdays and Sundays, and additionally cultivated friendships with each other.

We have great hopes that the participants value the intellectual property network gained in this training course, and that they will play active roles in the future.


Closing ceremony


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