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Home > International topics > Cooperation in Human Resource Development > Assistance to Developing Countries > JPO Cooperation in Human Resource Development > Training Programs(short) > Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademark Examination Practices(Basic Program)”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademark Examination Practices(Basic Program)”

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademark Examination Practices (Basic Program) was offered for a period of two weeks from January 10 to January 19.

This is a course newly established this fiscal year for the purpose of providing IP Office workers in developing countries (non-Contracting States of the Madrid Protocol) who had some experience of trademark substantive examination with specialized education about the basics of trademark substantive examination, trademark-related laws and regulations, examination guidelines, and examination practices in order to enhance their capabilities to conduct accurate and efficient examinations.

The trainees on this course consisted of 16 IP Office workers from various countries, more specifically, 2 from Argentina, 2 from Brazil, 2 from Chile, 1 from Kenya, 1 from Laos, 2 from Malaysia, 3 from Pakistan, 2 from Peru, and 1 from Sri Lanka.

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In this course, the trainees first learned about the outline of the Madrid Protocol, the trademark examination guidelines and examination practices, trademark search training, infringement lawsuits, etc., and then participated in comprehensive exercise sessions.

Throughout the course, the trainees showed enthusiasm and asked many questions, making every lecture lively and interactive. Many trainees commented that such time for Q&A between the trainees and the lecturers and time for discussions among themselves were very helpful to deepen their understanding. They requested that workshop-style lectures should be added to the future curriculum.

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In the evaluation meeting, many trainees commented that this course taught themmany things that they wanted to learn. Other trainees commented that what they learned from various lectures would contribute to improving examination quality and efficiency in their home countries. Many trainees commented that it was very beneficial that they were given an opportunity to learn about the Madrid Protocol. They said that, in their home countries, they would be able to use their newly acquired knowledge about what they should do to sign the Madrid Protocol and how to apply for accession to the Protocol and that they would be able to introduce various search tools that they had learned about during the course. Some trainees requested that the future curriculum of this course should include well-structured lectures on the Madrid Protocol and sufficient time for case studies. We hope that the trainees will use the knowledge and experience that they acquired during this course and further advance their careers in their home countries.

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