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Report on the “JPR/IPR Workshop on Establishing an IP Office in Myanmar”

FY2016 7th JPO/IPR Workshop on Establishing an IP Office in Myanmar

The JPO/IPR Workshop on Establishing an IP Office in Myanmar was held for seven days from August 25 to September 1, 2016. This was the seventh such program held in FY2016.

This new program was offered for the first time this fiscal year. Its purpose is to provide Myanmar MOE officers involved in the establishment of an IP office in Myanmar with opportunities to experience the actual work of an IP office, which is mostly related to the filing of applications. The program was also designed to facilitate discussions and identify issues related to the establishment of the necessary IP office processes. In short, the program aimed to support the future establishment of an IP office in Myanmar.

Ten Myanmar MOE officers took part in this program as trainees. All have sought to increase their IP-related knowledge in the past by participating in previous programs offered as part of the Cooperation in Human Resource Development project.

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During this program the trainees learned about the most important work done by an IP office: handling applications. They learned how to establish and carry out processes, compile a budget to ensure the smooth operation of an organization, educate and train workers and set the various application filing fees, etc. Measures that may be taken to improve examination were also covered. These lectures are closely related to the establishment of an IP office. In addition, the trainees were given the opportunity to visit the Agency for Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for copyrights, as copyright management will be under the future jurisdiction of the Myanmar IP office. The courses also offered lectures on IP education and IP management at universities in anticipation of the rapid development of IP systems in Myanmar.

The trainees carefully listened to all of the lectures and actively participated in the Q&A sessions and discussions which followed. The lecturers commented that they were impressed by the enthusiasm of the trainees.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On the second day of the program, the trainees visited the JPO division responsible for handling applications to learn about its administrative processes. Through an on-site tour they learned about the methods used by the JPO to accept and process application documents and the rules applied to the transfer of documents between the relevant JPO divisions. Some trainees commented that the tour was very useful because they had previously only been able to study these processes in seminars and such. They welcomed the opportunity to see these processes in action at an IP office and mentioned that the on-site tour stimulated them to ask more questions. The inclusion of on-site tours in the curricula of similar future programs appears to be very important.

About half of the course curriculum consisted of discussions related to processes that an IP office should establish. The JPO lecturer advised the trainees that it would be impossible to determine all of the processes they would need to establish through the discussions held during this program, and stated that it was important to learn how to analyze and respond to issues as they arise. The trainees participated in the discussions with this in mind.

After completing the program, some trainees commented that the curriculum was well structured to meet the needs of Myanmar and was very useful. They also commented that the course was too short to achieve the ambitious goal of establishing an IP office. Many trainees requested continuous support from the JPO. We hope that they find the knowledge they have acquired in Japan useful in their future careers.

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