Hello ESPers worldwide! With the growing importance of the intellectual property (IP) system in trade agreements, international relations, business strategy, law, etc., it seems possible that one day you may need resources to help your students to learn IP English.
It was my privilege to work part-time in the International Affairs Division of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) as the “native speaker” of English for seven years. Before that time, I had also been directly involved in the creation and implementation of training programs for JPO personnel inTokyo through a career college (KGCC). The JPO deals with industrial property.
Therefore, I would like to share with you some useful (in my opinion) websites for starting to learn about the IP system and for preparing materials to teach IP English.
The Trilateral Offices–the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), and JPO–are known as the big three offices handling the majority of patent applications filed worldwide. The Trilateral site has links to all three offices.
WIPO is a United Nations agency. If you are new to IP, I suggest that you go to the Resources page and conduct a Free Information Products search for the category “Intellectual Property.” I retrieved 24 documents including one titled “What is Intellectual Property?”
OHIM deals with trademarks and designs in the European Union.
A good place to start for information about copyright law.
Personally, I find the IP system to be quite interesting from an international perspective. I hope that you will also enjoy learning more and using the sites above in creative ways to meet your students’ needs!
I’ll see you next week!