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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Substantive Examination of Design”

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Substantive Examination of Design was provided for a period of two weeks from November 8 to November 21.

This is a course was newly established in the last fiscal year and offered for the second time this fiscal year. The purpose of this course is to provide design examiners in developing countries with professional education about design-related laws and regulations and examination guidelines and practices through case studies, etc. in order to improve their skills as design examination experts.

The trainees in this course consisted of 18 examiners from various countries, more specifically, 1 from Chile, 2 from China, 1 from Colombia, 2 from India, 3 from Indonesia, 2 from Laos, 2 from Mexico, 2 from Thailand, and 3 from Vietnam.

Group photo

Group photo

The training course began with a lecture on the outline of design laws including the Hague Agreement, and allotted sufficient time (5.5 days) for lectures on design examination guidelines and practices, as well as infringement lawsuits.

In addition, the course offered lectures to address design-related issues from a broader perspective such as corporate design strategies and the roles of agents at patent firms

Visiting METoA Ginza, showroom of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Visiting METoA Ginza, showroom of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

In the country report presentation session, many trainees commented that the presentations were useful because they were able to understand the design examination processes in other countries and identify the commonalities and differences between their home countries and other countries through comparison. In a group discussion session, time was allotted to allow the trainees to exchange opinions about their home countries' design systems. Many trainees commented that it was very beneficial to learn about the IP systems of other countries.

Some trainees also commented that the lectures on examination guidelines and practices and infringement lawsuits were very helpful because those lectures allotted a lot of time for case studies. Other trainees commented that, although the lecture on one of the judgment criteria, "Difficulty in Arriving at the Invention," was unfamiliar because it does not exist in their home countries, the lecture was useful for their future career because it deepened their understanding of the Japanese examination method.

Many lecturers commented that trainees' questions and presentations after discussions were to the point, indicating that the trainees had correctly understood the lectures.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

In the evaluation meeting, many trainees commented that this comprehensive course about design substantive examination practices greatly helped them learn the Japanese system and review their home countries' systems. Some trainees requested that the curriculum should provide time to exchange opinions with design examiners who are currently working at the Office and offer exercise sessions where they can take the initiative. These comments suggest that, while the basic curriculum of this course should be maintained, the JPO design examiners' lectures on examination guidelines, etc. and time for opinion exchange should be newly added to the curriculum so that the trainees can understand lectures more deeply and take advantage of the newly acquired knowledge in their careers more easily.

At the closing ceremony the trainees looked very content and happy to complete the course. We hope that they share the knowledge and experience that they acquired during this course with their colleagues and users in their home countries and contribute to the further development of their home countries' design systems.

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