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

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Management was held from October 13 to 20. This training course was newly established in this fiscal year, and was provided for the purpose of developing human resources who engage in industrial property rights in developing countries, mainly those in the Asia-Pacific region.

The trainees were 12 persons in charge of human resource development, including patent examiner management, who were invited from the intellectual property offices of six countries, specifically, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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The training was provided with a focus on the content necessary to develop patent examiners in Japan.

On October 13 (1st day), the trainees visited the Japan Patent Office (JPO), including the JPO "Trial Court," the "National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training," and an examination office conducting a "video interview," in the morning. In the afternoon, Mr. Sugawa introduced intellectual property administrative services, and Mr. Furuta gave a lecture about "intellectual property support for small and medium-sized companies in Japan."

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On October 14 (2nd day), in the morning, Mr. Kuzuhara gave a lecture titled "Business Management of Patent Examination by the Japan Patent Office," and Mr. Sato gave a lecture titled "Use of Dossier Information by the Japan Patent Office." Many trainees expressed the opinion that the JPO's business management is systematized and very informative. The lecture on the use of dossier information was highly regarded by the trainees, and the trainees said that the lecture was very useful because they could learn about AIPN and WIPO Case. On the other hand, the trainees requested an increase in the hours of the lectures by incorporating a case study, such as search by computer.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

In the afternoon, Ms. Takaoka gave a lecture titled "Quality Management of Patent Examination by the Japan Patent Office," and also held discussions with the trainees. The lecture gained popularity among the trainees as a lecture giving a sense of unraveling immediate problems. Many trainees said that through discussions, they could learn not only Japan's views but also the views of other countries from which the respective trainees came, which was useful.

On October 17 (3rd day), Mr. Nakamaki gave a lecture about more specific ways of human resource development for patent examiners, and "country reports" were also conducted in which the trainees made a presentation of human resource development efforts in their own countries. After that, the lecturer and the trainees exchanged opinions about desirable human resource development in the future. The content of such efforts in the countries led to more specific suggestions for the future, reviews, and questions, and the lecture became meaningful for both the lecturer and the trainees.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On October 18 (4th day), in the morning, Mr. Meguro took the rostrum to give a lecture titled "Outsourcing of Research of Literature on Advanced Technology," and introduced outsourcing as one of the efforts to digest the backlog. In the afternoon, Mr. Yamada gave a lecture titled "Patent Examination Practices (Case Study)." Specifically, he conducted a case study concerning novelty and inventive step. The trainees said that the case study was very meaningful because it is of the most importance in their routine work in their own countries. The case study was thus highly evaluated by the trainees. On the other hand, there was an opinion that the content of the lecture was difficult and there was not enough time.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

On October 19 (5th day), the trainees conducted "on-the-job training (OJT)" at the JPO, and practical training was provided by allocating one examiner to one to three trainees. The OJT was well received by the trainees, and many trainees expressed the opinion that they would have been able to gain a better understanding if the period of the OJT had been extended for another day.

At the Evaluation Meeting, the trainees expressed the opinion that the curriculum of this training was fulfilling and useful for achieving the goal of the training. Many countries are agonizing over backlogs, and it seemed that the trainees could set a goal for the desirable quality and speed of examination through this training.

We hope that even after returning home, the trainees will hold discussions while looking back on what they learned this time and share the results of the discussions with examiners in their own countries to utilize them in examinations and future human resource development for examiners.

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