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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 Anti-Counterfeiting Measures for Practitioners”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Anti-Counterfeiting Measures for Practitioners”

For a period of one week from January 13 to January 20, 2017, the "FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Anti-Counterfeiting Measures for Practitioners" was held in Tokyo. The purpose of this course was to educate the trainees about Japan's efforts to strengthen IP control and its current IP environment and to enhance their capabilities to strengthen IP control in their home countries. The trainees consisted of customs officers in charge of IP control and IP officers in charge of anti-counterfeit measures. A total of twelve officers came from seven countries, namely, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The curriculum of the course was designed to provide trainees with lectures about the Japanese IP systems and Japanese companies' anti-counterfeit measures as well as various non-lecture activities, such as an opportunity to present their country reports to the audience, including members of the general public, participate in a meeting to exchange opinions between trainees (customs and IP Offices) and right holders (companies) about issues related to counterfeit control, and visit the Tokyo Overseas Mail Sub-Branch.

Lecture room

Lecture room

On the first day of the course, the trainees visited the JPO and paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Toshio Mamiya, Director-General of the Policy Planning and Coordination Department. They also visited the Trial Court and the Public Gazettes Reading Room of the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT). The trainees seemed to have enjoyed the tour, which included a demonstration of J-PlatPat, a system to conduct an online information search on industrial property rights.

Courtesy visit

Courtesy visit

Visiting the Trial Court

Visiting the Trial Court

In the country report presentations, the trainees provided outlines of the organizational structures of their respective customs and IP Offices, IP-related statistics, and anti-counterfeit measures. After each presentation, time was allotted for Q&A. Some trainees asked questions about the differences between their home countries.

Country report presentations Country report presentations

Country report presentations

In a meeting to discuss cooperation with right holders, several issues were raised. For example, both the trainees and right holders were aware of the need to promote information sharing. The trainees commented that right holders should make better use of the customs' registration system and promptly update their information on the customs register. The right holders commented that the trainees (Customs and IP Office) should provide information about suspected infringing goods and infringers being detained. After the meeting, the trainees and the right holders exchanged contact information. This meeting seems to have contributed to building cooperative ties between the Customs/IP Office and right holders.

Meeting with right holders to discuss issues of mutual concern Meeting with right holders to discuss issues of mutual concern

Meeting with right holders to discuss issues of mutual concern

On their visit to the Tokyo Overseas Mail Sub-Branch, based on a request from the previous year's trainees, this year's trainees were given an opportunity to observe customs control over mail. The trainees asked the Tokyo customs officers many questions.

Visiting the Tokyo Overseas Mail Sub-Branch

Visiting the Tokyo Overseas Mail Sub-Branch

In the overall discussion held on the last day of the course, the lecturers answered the trainees' questions that had not been fully dealt with in the course. The trainees also exchanged opinions among themselves about these unresolved issues. Since this discussion covered all of the key points in the course in a comprehensive manner, some trainees commented that they were able to resolve any remaining questions and deepen their knowledge.

the overall discussion

the overall discussion

We hope that the network of IP experts nurtured in this training course continues to grow and that these experts find their experiences in Japan useful for their future careers. 

Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony

 

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