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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for Indonesia”

The JPO/IPR training course on Patent Examination Practices for Indonesia was held from August 2 to 8. This training course was newly created this fiscal year for the purpose of developing a better understanding through lectures and discussions about the overall patent system, such as basic patent examination practices and enhancing abilities required for patent examiners. This course was intended for patent examiners in Indonesia, and was held in the Indonesian language.

The participants were 10 patent examiners in the DJKI (Direktorat Jenderal Kekayaan Intelektual) who are in charge of "specific technology" (chemistry and electrical) as a technical field that has been designated by the JPO.

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Group photo

The training course covered issues including patent examination guidelines and practices in Japan, while focusing on the designated technical field.

On the morning of August 2 (the first day of the course), participants toured the JPO trial court and its National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT). In the afternoon, Ms. Watanabe delivered a lecture titled "The experience of providing IP support to SMEs in Japan", and Mr. Hasebe gave one on "The basic ideas of patent examination guidelines (exercises)".

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On the morning of August 3 (the second day), Mr. Sato gave a lecture on "IT tools for the work-sharing of patent examination" which received favorable reviews and suggestions. One participant said, "I was able to learn about AIPN (Advanced Industrial Property Network and WIPO cases, and it was very valuable." Meanwhile, another participant said, "I would like to learn further about case studies, including PC searches, and I would also like to request that the lecture time be extended."

In the afternoon, Mr. Amano gave a lecture on "Examination procedures and utilization of patent prosecution highway (PPH)", which is the system that has been just introduced in Indonesia. This lecture similarly received favorable reviews. One participant said, "I was able to acquire useful, necessary knowledge that can be directly used for our task." Another participant said, "I was able to gain comprehensive information relating to the PCT and the PPH, and it was beneficial."

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On August 4th and 5th (the third and fourth days), Ms. Sato and Mr. Kuramoto delivered a lecture titled "Patent examination practices (case study)" relating to novelty/inventiveness, where the FI/F terms were introduced, and a case study was conducted in two groups ins the fields of electrical technology and chemistry. One participant said, "The case study was fruitful because it makes up the largest portion of routine tasks in our country." On the other hand, another participant said, "The lecture was difficult to understand, so I needed more time." Moreover, one held the opinion that the evaluation of inventiveness is controversial and elicits various points of view, so multiple teachers should be in charge of it.

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scenery at the training

On August 8 (the fifth day), Mr. Matsuda, a patent attorney with Hirota & Associates, delivered a lecture on "Case studies (exercises)". One participant said, "It was useful because I was able to understand differences in viewpoints between examinations and infringement suits."

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

The training course evaluation meeting was held on that same day. According to participants' point of view, the curriculum of the training course was fruitful to achieve the object of the training. For Indonesian participants in particular, where the accession to and implementation of the PPH examination has been recently started, learning the procedures and operations of PPH cases—along with the approach to substantive examinations—seemed to be significantly helpful.

We hope that the participants will further discuss what they learned in this training course after returning home, and that they will share the knowledge that they learned with other examiners in their country so that it will be put to use in examinations.

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