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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 Examinations under the Madrid System for Cambodia”

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Report on the “JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademark Examinations under the Madrid System for Cambodia”

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Trademark Examinations under the Madrid System for Cambodia was provided for a period of one week from Thursday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 15.

This is a course newly established this fiscal year in response to Cambodia's accession to the Madrid Protocol in order to help Cambodia's examiners enhance their knowledge and skills as experts to deal with impending issues.

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The trainees on this course consisted of five trademark examiners from Cambodia who were in charge of the Madrid Protocol. All of the lectures were given in Cambodian.

This time the course was offered over a total of five days in substance. Its curriculum covered the tasks conducted by the Office of origin and the Office of a designated party, the task of registration, and the task of examination under the Madrid Protocol, as well as an outline of the Japanese trademark system.

When the trainees evaluated the lectures, the trainees commented that all of the lectures were beneficial. Some trainees commented that it was very helpful that they were able to learn the tasks of the Office of origin because Cambodia had no experience in handling applications as the Office of origin under the Madrid Protocol, but would have to handle them in the near future. Other trainees commented that the lectures on the tasks of the Office of a designated party, the task of registration and the task of examination were directly related to their current work, and that the lecture on the Japanese system would help them improve the examination practices in their home countries. While this course provided the trainees with an opportunity to visit the Trademark Division of the JPO and see how the JPO conducts trademark examination and manage relevant documents, this experience seemed to be very helpful for the trainees to understand the trademark examination practices in Japan.

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Since these trainees were examiners who had been in charge of the Madrid Protocol, they actively participated in the lectures and asked many specific questions with the actual work situation in mind. Some trainees requested that the future curriculum should offer a more detailed explanation about substantive examination and more exercise sections, teach them what problems the JPO has faced and solved since its accession to the Madrid Protocol, and should also provide them with specific examples of such problems. We hope that the trainees use the knowledge and experience that they acquired during this course to further advance their careers in their home countries.

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