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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Establishing Patent Examination Guidelines”

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Establishing Patent Examination Guidelines was held this year in Tokyo from September 8 to 15. This training was designed to provide trainees with the opportunity to compare the examination guidelines for patents implemented in their own countries with those from other countries, as well as to study actual examination cases—thereby helping them with the establishment or revision of guidelines in their countries. A total of 16 persons participated in the training, each of whom is engaged in the development of examination guidelines and the creation of patent manuals within the framework of the next ASEAN IP Action Plan. They came from countries that already have their own examination guidelines—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam—as well as from those that plan to establish guidelines: Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Before coming to Japan, trainees were asked to prepare reports concerning examination guidelines from their own countries, which they presented during the training program. This enabled them to develop understanding regarding existing guidelines in other participating countries, and to share a common view on guidelines.

On the first day of the training course, participants visited the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and paid a courtesy call on Deputy Commissioner Masayuki Koyanagi. Next, they visited the JPO Trial Court and the gazette reading room of the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT).

Courtesy Call at the JPO

Courtesy Call at the JPO

JPO Trial Court

JPO Trial Court

In the middle of the training period, the trainees were divided into two groups for classes concerning substantive examination. One group consisted of those from the countries with their own examination-related guidelines, and the other from the countries that are in the process of establishing such guidelines. Trainees were able to further enhance their understanding in this area, therefore, since the classes were prepared according to the development stage of the guidelines in their countries.

The latter part of the training was mainly composed of discussion sessions. During the session to summarize issues based on lectures, trainees first gave their presentations regarding the examination guidelines in their own countries—and were subsequently divided into three discussion groups. Each group discussed the significance of examination guidelines, and based on the results of these discussions, trainees subsequently discussed issues that they would need to consider in relation to examination guidelines, such as how to revise them.

It was impressive to see that the trainees from countries yet to have their own guidelines also actively participated in the discussion and shared their opinions.

Summary of Issues Based on Lecture (Discussion) Summary of Issues Based on Lecture (Discussion)

Summary of Issues Based on Lecture (Discussion)

A general discussion session was held on the last day of the training course, wherein lecturers summarized the issues concerning the establishment and revision of examination guidelines based on opinions heard from the trainees. The lecturers reminded participants that in order to facilitate the creation, protection and utilization of intellectual property, enacting a patent law is not enough; it is also necessary to establish examination guidelines.

Trainees also honed their understanding regarding the fact that examination guidelines are used not only by examiners, but also by patent users such as universities, companies, and patent attorneys in order to ascertain the patentability of their inventions with certainty; and that the establishment and revision of the guidelines are therefore also highly necessary for patent users.

Overall Discussion

Overall Discussion

During the training period, the trainees were always enthusiastic and attentive, as if trying to catch every single word the lecturers spoke in the classes.

The training was highly rated as a whole, as was the goal attainment level of each trainee. Many participants commented that they intended to share the knowledge acquired in the training with their colleagues after they returned to their countries.

On the weekend, the trainees also went out to see and experience Japanese culture and customs, and continued to develop friendships among themselves.

We hope that the participants will maintain the network established through the training course, and that they will play an active role in patent examination practices.

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

 

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