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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course for Practitioners Specializing in Trademarks”

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Practitioners Specializing in Trademarks was offered for a period of two weeks from December 8 to December 21.

This training course is offered every year in order to deepen trainees' understanding of IP systems as a whole, as well as to teach trainees about the trademark system, the outline of the Madrid Protocol, the Trademark Examination Guidelines, and trademark-related information through lectures and discussions. In particular, this course focuses on teaching trademark examination practices and nurturing trademark specialists. This fiscal year a total of 26 trainees came from eight countries: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Some of them were examiners of foreign IP Offices, while others were employees of companies and law firms that are engaged in prior art search, application filing, and anti-infringement measures, or engaged in negotiations such as licensing negotiations, etc.

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In this training course the trainees comprehensively learned about examination guidelines, the Madrid Protocol, corporate brand strategies, anti-infringement measures, etc. This course offered not only lectures but also exercise sessions in which each trainee used a computer and conducted J-PlatPat searches and other database searches. Many trainees commented that those exercise sessions were very useful.

The trainees enthusiastically listened to every lecture, trying to solve work-related issues and acquire new knowledge.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

After each lecture, the trainees enthusiastically asked the lecturers many questions. Some lecturers were impressed by their enthusiasm and commented that, "The trainees asked many questions to clarify and deepen their understanding. Such active participation made the lecture very meaningful."

The trainees on this course showed a great interest in the Madrid Protocol. Many trainees from countries that will sign the Protocol very soon, or countries that have just signed the Protocol commented that they would like to receive advice from Japan based on its 15 years of experience as a member country, more specifically, what kind of difficulties Japan had faced and solved.

The trainees seemed to be interested in IP-related issues and countermeasures not only in Japan but also in other countries. During the time allotted for Q&A, the trainees were encouraged to exchange opinions both with lecturers and each other. Many trainees commented that they were able to share information about their respective home countries, clearly recognize the differences among themselves, and deepen their understanding.

On December 10, the trainees visited Kao Corporation to attend a presentation on Kao's IP strategy. They listened to Kao's explanation of specific example cases, and participated in a guided tour of their museum. The trainees were given a hands-on opportunity to learn about corporate IP management and ask questions about various topics including Kao's overseas business strategy, anti-counterfeit measures, and brand management. Some trainees commented that, "It was great to attend a presentation given by a leading Japanese company and learn about a Japanese company's patent strategy and patent portfolio," and "The presentation was very valuable because it explained not only anti-counterfeit measures, but also the history of Kao, more specifically, how the Kao brand has been established and maintained by Kao."

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In the evaluation meeting of the training course, many trainees commented that, "I was able to achieve the goal that I set at the beginning of the course," and "When I work in my home country, I will use the knowledge and experience that I acquired during this course." We hope to see further development of the trainees' careers.

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