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

The FY2016 JPO/IPR Training Course on Patent Examination Practices for Thailand was held for one week from February 17 to February 23. This was the last course to be held in fiscal year 2016.

This course was newly established at the beginning of fiscal year 2016 and was provided in the Thai language for patent examiners newly hired last fall by the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of Thailand. The purpose was to teach patent examination practices from the perspective of a "user-friendly patent examination."

The trainees consisted of 10 DIP patent examiners. Based on a memorandum of cooperation concluded between the JPO and the DIP in 2015, the JPO has been providing training to the examiners newly hired by the DIP as a part of this cooperation. For this course the ten trainees were selected from the 20 or so trainees who had participated in a training course provided by JPO examiners in Thailand for a period of two weeks from the end of October last year.

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The duration of this training course was only one week. On the first day of the course the trainees were asked to prepare a presentation to be given on the last day of the course about what they learned from the lectures from the perspective of "What makes patent examination more user-friendly?" In order to make a good presentation, the trainees listened intensely and participated in all of the lectures. Since these lectures were offered in the Thai language, the trainees actively asked the lecturers questions.

The curriculum of this course included 2 days of lectures on patent examination practices, as well as on topics beyond patent examination practices such as patent examination management, work sharing, patent examination quality management, and user-friendly patent examination from the perspective of applicants and agents. In the lectures on patent examination practices (case studies) offered for two days, the trainees did not simply learn about specific methods of examination, patent search, etc. In this course, these lectures were designed to make the trainees study one particular application and compare the application with cited documents. In order to hold mock interviews, the trainees were divided into two groups, the "applicant" group and the "agent" group. The trainees who had to play the role of an applicant expressing his or her opinion to an examiner, seemed to have learned what it is really like to be an applicant.

On the last day of the course each trainee gave a presentation about what he or she learned in this course. Trainees shared their findings such as the importance of providing services in consideration of the needs of applicants and agents, and the importance of conducting examination in accordance with certain guidelines.

The lecturers commented that they were impressed by the enthusiasm of the trainees and were happy to see their growth when they heard the trainees' questions, which were incomparably more advanced and effective than the questions asked in the training course held in October last year.

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

scenery at the training

In the evaluation meeting, while some trainees said that they wanted to learn specific patent search methods, etc., most trainees said that they were given a great opportunity to learn the needs and the frame of mind of applicants and agents. In particular, the lectures on "Patent Examination Practices (case studies)," in which mock interviews were held, seemed to be very useful for the trainees. Many trainees also said that they wanted to know more about the JPO's experience, such as how the JPO resolved the issue of patent application backlog and how the JPO is conducting work management and quality management, because it would be useful for future development of the DIP. We hope that the trainees find their newly acquired knowledge useful for their future careers.

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