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Specialized training on trade mark and design examination

These activities are aimed at enhancing the capacity of the ASEAN IP Offices to provide quality services concerning the examination of trade mark and design applications.

 

To that end, five regional workshops have been planned (four on trade marks, one in 2013, one in 2014, and two in 2015, and one on industrial designs, in 2015) to provide training to trade mark and industrial design senior examiners from the ASEAN IP Offices.  Those workshops are intended to address latest trends concerning trade mark and design examination and how to organize regular training programs in those fields. In 2015, particular attention will be given to the ASEAN Common Guidelines for Substantive Examination of Trade marks endorsed by the AWGIPC TM Task Force in November 2014 and subsequently adopted by the AWGIPC in December 2014.

 

As a result, the participants should be in a better position to undertake the examination of trade mark/design applications and to organize regular training programs at the level of their own IP Offices.

 

Workshop in Manila, September 2013

 

The regional workshop on trade mark examination was hosted by the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in Manila from 9 to 13 September 2013.

 

This workshop was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the ASEAN IP Offices to provide quality services concerning the examination of trade mark applications and was attended by senior trade mark officers from all ASEAN Member States.

 

During the sessions, latest trends concerning trade mark examination and how to organize regular training programmes in this field were addressed.

 

The seminar focused on topics relating to recent trends in trade mark filing, formality requirements (with particular attention to the representation of non-conventional marks), examination of absolute grounds for refusal, examination of relative grounds for refusal and cancellation of trade mark registrations.

 

Real examples were examined and the participants were invited to engage in practical activities (drafting of refusal letters and opposition decisions) in order to clarify the application of the relevant rules. Senior trade mark officers from the different ASEAN countries shared examples of cases to illustrate their Offices’ practice.

 

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ASEAN Regional Workshop on Trade Mark Examination Manila 2013  Link to Events...

 

EUIPO Summer School, July 2013

 

In the context of this activity cluster and with the purpose of providing training on trade mark and industrial design examination to Officials from the ASEAN IP Offices, examiners from all AMSs were invited to participate at the EUIPO IP Summer School, that took place at the EUIPO premises in Alicante from the 1st to the 5th of July 2013.

 

The IP School is designed to offer a learning platform for the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of ideas in the IP field. The programme of the school is generally focused on trade marks and industrial designs, while a special module on patents is offered to the participants thanks to the intervention of highly qualified experts from the European Patent Office.

 

IP Summer School   Link to News...

 

Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, November 2014

 

A second regional workshop on trade mark examination was hosted by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) in Kuala Lumpur from 24 to 27 November 2014.

 

This workshop was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the ASEAN IP Offices to provide quality services concerning the examination of trade mark applications and was attended by trade mark officers from all ASEAN Member States.

 

The four-day workshop addressed topics concerning the examination of absolute and relative grounds for refusal. OHIM’s practice on figurative trademarks, acquired distinctiveness and slogans was introduced by an EUIPO expert. Furthermore, the participants were invited to engage in practical activities on those subjects as well as being trained in the newly adopted ASEAN common guidelines on trademark substantive examination.

 

ASEAN Regional Workshop on Trade Mark Substantive Examination Kuala Lumpur 2014  Link to Events...