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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 Patent Examination Practices for South Africa”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for South Africa”

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for South Africa was provided to nine trainees.

The trainees consisted of those who were planning to engage in patent examination in South Africa. The training course was designed to allow the trainees to attend lectures and participate in discussions in order to deepen their understanding about the patent system as a whole, including basic patent examination practices, and about advanced patent examination techniques through case studies. The purpose of this course is to enhance the trainees' capabilities to become patent examiners.

During the morning of the first day of the course, welcome speeches were given by the JPO International Cooperation Division and APIC, and also by Mr. Masayuki Koyanagi, JPO Deputy Commissioner. the trainees then had a tour around the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training, which is located on the premises of the JPO, and attended a lecture entitled "Outline of the Trial System" in the Grand Bench. In the afternoon of the first day of the course, basic lectures on the Japanese Patent Examination Guidelines started. The trainees learned about basic examination know-how, patent information search methods, and the judgment criteria for novelty and inventive step.

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In the latter half of the training course, lectures shifted the focus to case studies in order to give the trainees more practical information on top of their knowledge acquired through the previous lectures on the Patent Examination Guidelines. Many trainees commented to the effect that, "Thanks to the step-by-step curriculum, I was able to deepen my knowledge and analyze specific cases."

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

Since all of the trainees came from the same country, both the trainees and the lecturers commented that, "The atmosphere was very relaxed from the beginning of the course, which made intensive learning possible." In every lecture the trainees exchanged opinions very actively. Whenever any trainee seemed to have difficulty in understanding a lecture, other trainees pitched in and exchanged questions and answers among themselves. In this way, the trainees actively exchanged opinions not only with lecturers but also among themselves. Their eagerness and enthusiasm was impressive.

In the evaluation meeting on the last day of the course, the trainees made many comments. Their opinions are helpful to make improvements to this training course, which was offered for the second time this fiscal year. It is important to propose a training course that is useful for South Africa, which is planning to adopt a substantive examination system.

The trainees of this course are expected to lead the introduction of substantive examination in South Africa. We hope that this course contributes to the development of the trainees' careers, as well as a new patent system in South Africa.

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