Training Programs for the Japan Patent Office (JPO)
In accordance with the annual training plan made by the JPO, the INPIT prepares and conducts a series of training programs for all staff of the JPO. A variety of training courses are designed to offer expertise and capability for examiners, administrative judges and clerical staff. In addition, language training courses to deal with globalization and training courses to deepen expertise and specialty are provided.
For examiners and administrative judges, instructors of the training courses are university professors, patent attorneys, judges, specialist in the companies, senior examiners of the JPO and so on. The course includes classes on highly specialized knowledge regarding laws, practice of the examiner and administrative judge, management of examination, advanced technology, and other subjects. In the training course for candidate of the examiner and the training course for candidate of the administrative judge, trainees take many classes, have practical work experience, and finally must pass difficult exams.
For clerical staff, the INPIT prepares classes to master indispensable extensive knowledge as Specialist for Formality Examination, Trial Clerk and administrative official.
For all staff of the JPO, classes with regard to JPO’s policy, ethics as government officer, information security, foreign languages and so on are provided.
Training Activities for the Public
The INPIT also provides a training program on innovation and intellectual property, in cooperation with the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (JIPII), the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), the Association of Intellectual Property Education (AIPE), and the Intellectual Property Association of Japan (IPAJ).
The INPIT offers the program to give searchers qualification to search at the registered search organization, which is defined by "Act on Special Provisions for Procedures related to Industrial Property Right". INPIT also offers the program to enhance the search capability of the registered search organizations.
The INPIT develops IP e-learning content for the JPO personnel. Many of them are available for general use at no charge.
Moreover, The INPIT develops training materials and programs for students and teachers who are learning about and tackling intellectual property. In this context, the Patent/Design Patent Contest is organized by the INPIT in cooperation with the JPO, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the JPAA.
Publication of the Journal entitled PATENT STUDIES
A journal entitled “PATENT STUDIES” has been published since 1986. This journal is published to enhance the understanding on the importance of studies on industrial property system and to stimulate basic studies on this subject by offering opportunities for analysis and introduction of study materials and for reporting the results of research conducted.