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Report on the “JPR/IPR Training Course for Practitioners Specializing in Patents”

The JPO/IPR Training Course for Practitioners Specializing in Patents was held over the span of seventeen days, from August 23 (Tue) through September 7 (Wed). Among the current year's JPO/IPR courses it was a very popular one, with participants invited from multiple countries to meet with a small number of private businesses.

All highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable, the 21 trainees (11 men and 10 women) came from patent offices, law offices, and other firms in the eight countries of Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The curriculum was designed with the aim of providing a more thorough grasp of intellectual property in general, as well as deepening understanding and boosting expertise about actual practice regarding topics like the overall patent system, preparing writing specifications and drawings, how to respond to Office actions, how to approach revisions and determining patentability, patents and the latest technology, making use of patent information, and the nuts and bolts of things like licensing. In addition, for a three-day period beginning on August 29 (Mon) at the Tokyo University of Science (Porta Kagurazaka), trainees took part in the 2016 Summer English Seminar of Intellectual Property (JAUIP Summer Seminar) Practitioner Course, run by the Japan Association of Universities for Intellectual Property Education and Research (JAUIP). Trainees attended lectures with other participants invited by JAUIP (including attendees from Japanese companies), and participated in group work.

Trainees raising their hands in answer to a question by the instructor

Trainees raising their hands in answer to a question by the instructor

Group work

Group work

A group presentation by trainees

A group presentation by trainees

The content of the course at APIC between August 23 and 26 consisted mainly of JAUIP seminar lecturers teaching the preliminary subject matter, while the lectures between September 1 and 6 focused on subject matter indispensable to patent practitioners. As a result, the trainees seem to have easily followed the content of the course. In particular, many trainees expressed that they would have preferred that the lectures on drafting claims at the JAUIP seminar had been much longer. However the extent of claims required by the instructors was so vague that the teams all interpreted it differently, so it seems it would have been better to have added a preliminary explanation.

Following an evaluation meeting, the closing ceremony was held, and completion certificates were presented to all trainees by Kazuyuki Miura, Director of the JPO International Cooperation Division.

Trainee accepting completion certificate

Trainee accepting completion certificate

Mr. Muhammad Irfan Mustaqim Awang gave a speech on behalf of the trainees, and the training was officially over. We expect great things of them in the future.

 

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