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

The JPO/IPR Training Course on Substantive Examination of Trademarks was held from November 17 to 30, 2016. This training course was newly established this fiscal year. It was provided for the purpose of fostering a better understanding of laws and regulations, the Examination Guidelines, and expert knowledge concerning examination practices in relation to trademarks through case studies and OJT and enhancing expertise for prompt and accurate examination of examiners in developing countries.

The trainees were eight trademark examiners who were invited from the intellectual property offices of five countries: Colombia, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and the Philippines.

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Group photo

The training was provided with a focus on the Japanese trademark system and the idea of substantive examination.

On November 17 (1st day), the trainees attended an orientation at HIDA in the morning, and received a lecture titled "Outline of the Japanese Trademark System and Trademark Act (Part 1)" from Mr. Jiro Hayashi, Partner, Polaire Intellectual Property Corp. in the afternoon.

Moreover, on November 18 (2nd day), the trainees visited the "Appeal Court" of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the "National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training" in the morning, and again received a lecture from Mr. Hayashi titled "Outline of the Japanese Trademark System and Trademark Act (Part 2)" .

The trainees expressed the opinion that the lecture was very meaningful as an introduction to the Japanese trademark system.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

A curriculum with more in-depth content was started by the JPO trademark examiners on November 21. The trainees especially commended a lecture by Mr. Ogino titled "Present Status and Issues of Trademark Administration," a lecture by Ms. Hirano titled "Classification of Goods and Services," a lecture by Mr. Otsuka titled "Quality Management and Administration of Trademark Examination," and "Country Report Presentations" and "Case Studies (1) Distinctiveness, (2) Prior Trademarks, and (3) Well-known Trademarks" as very useful and effective programs in the curriculum.

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Many trainees said that as well as receiving lectures they could also hold discussions through which they could learn not only Japan's views but also the views of other countries from which they were each from. The trainees found this to be useful.

At the Evaluation Meeting, the trainees expressed the opinion that the curriculum of this training was worthwhile and useful for achieving the goal of the training. They said that they could obtain a lot of knowledge and information that will contribute to the future development of the trademark system in their own countries. We hope that even after returning home the trainees will hold discussions, reflecting on what they learned, and share the results of the discussions with examiners in their own countries in order to utilize them in further improvement of the trademark system.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

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Group photo

 

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